Lately for me, abundant life has meant taking refuge under God’s wings. Here I can completely lay down any illusion that I can fix whatever is wrong. Over the last eight years, I’ve been journeying with my husband through early onset dementia, a painful reality that I can’t fix. To be sure, there are plenty of things I can do, such as be mindful of the present moment and the sheer miracle of our lives together or learn to adapt and flow with his latest version of reality. Still, at the heart of it, I am powerless to stop his decline. I am unable to prevent this long, slow goodbye.
In the early days of our dementia journey, as I became more and more frustrated and unhappy, I had to reckon with my illusion of control. It took me the first couple of years to come to accept that I couldn’t just manage our way out of this. As I began to relax into the refuge of God’s arms, I came to accept my own inability to fix it and also to accept my husband more fully. I was able to see that he was not a problem to fix but a gift to receive.
For most of us, letting go of control feels like moral failure. We do not easily admit the limits of our own power to create the outcomes we want. It takes practice. I’ve found that the more I entrust my life to God’s keeping, the more grounded and grateful I am. The truth-telling of “I don’t know” and “This is hard” frees me to ask for help. In fact, seeking refuge in God has become a path of resilience.
Where in your life today are you finding the limits of your power? What invitation is God offering you in this?
Imagine taking refuge under God’s wings or in God’s arms. Notice what you experience as you settle into this posture.
While Jeremiah is in prison, God tells him to buy a field. This transaction shows that in the future, life will return to normal. It is an “enactment prophecy,” where a prophecy is given through actions instead of just words. The psalmist rejoices in the protection that God provides to the faithful. God is a fortress, a covering, and a shield. Paul admonishes his readers not to fall into materialism. The love of money, not money itself, is the root of all kinds of evil, and those obsessed with it build their hopes on shifting sands. Jesus tells a parable about a rich man who has fallen into that very trap. Only after death, when it is too late, does he realize his mistake.
Read Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15. How do you live as if God’s promises were already true?
Read Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16. How do you turn toward God with hope in times of darkness?
Read 1 Timothy 6:6-19. Whether you have few or many possessions, how do they get in the way of your following Jesus?
Read Luke 16:19-31. God knows each of us by name. Do you know the names of the persons in your community who have obvious or internal unmet needs?
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