Tuesday is not a work day for me. It is the day that most typifies the life I was hoping for in retirement! Hubby and I start our Tuesday by going to the library. Nothing screams old folks like going to the library the same day every week! We come home and have a light lunch and then I go to my women's Bible study. This truly is just a wonderful two or three hours. Our little group has become very close and we pray for each other during the rest of the week, then we come together and visit and study and share our prayer requests and then we go back to our own homes, refreshed and strengthened. I keep a prayer journal and it is amazing the wonderful and special answers to prayer. If you have a thought that your prayers are not being answered I highly recommend a journal for them. I was feeling just a little unheard a couple of years ago and was encouraged by an older saint to keep a journal of my prayers, what an eye opener! Now I can look back through the journal and encourage myself when I feel a little down. I see the things I was praying for a year or two ago and am so blessed to be able to put the answer in the journal as it occurs, of course some of the answers were not what I expected but they were answers! Also having friends praying for you is such a comfort, I am sure that sometimes I can feel a warmth in the midst of a trial and know a friend is praying for me, sometimes a friend will call and ask if I or a family member are ok as she was moved to pray for me, and it will be the same time I was going through a trial. We pray for our church, our country and our leaders - and the world needs more prayer!
I look at the things that are going on in the world and am so saddened. I have always followed politics - my Dad taught political science and government - and enjoyed the debate and the back and forth. It really is no longer about politics, I almost can't watch the news. There are so many examples recently of people who have no moral compass! The three boys in Oklahoma who shot the Australian student because "they were bored" - my parents never let me be bored! The two guys who beat the WWII vet to death because he "fought back against the attack and angered them"! With all that is going on in the world today is Miley Cyrus really the top story? Is no one paying attention? Where are the adults, what are the parents doing out there? Has anyone wondered what the world will look like in ten years when these uneducated, thrill seeking, youtube posting punks are old enough to vote?
So on Tuesdays I go to my friends house, sit down with my spiritual sisters and pray for the world. It helps me remember that I don't have to worry - God is in control, everything has a purpose, even if I don't understand it. It reminds me that I need to do my part, to help and mentor, and work with young people who might not know that this behavior is wrong. I have a responsibility to share my faith and live my faith. I remember to be thankful for the blessings that I have received and I am reminded again how fortunate I am - it isn't about money it is about joy! It reminds me that I have read the end of the book and God wins!
I feel better - I thought I'd share.