As I watch my 83-year-old father struggle through IV’s, dementia, infection and loss of the ability to do the normal tasks of life I am reminded that I must appreciate the fact that I can walk briskly, feed myself, go to the bathroom on my own, read, and enjoy the conversations of my family. These things don’t last forever. I must remember to celebrate the goodness of today as much as I celebrate the greatness of today. In fact good is great and God is good. I am not promised another day of health, independence, or connection. Everything is a good gift for this moment. It dwarfs entertainment, relationship difficulty, and agendas.
Unlike so many this morning I am walking on dry ground.
Lord, have mercy on those who are not.
Unlike many, I am surrounded by the best friends I know, and those who are far away, I can connect with in an abundance of ways.
Lord, draw near today to those who are alone, living their days in isolation.
I can remember with great clarity all the amazing experiences God has given me.
Lord, strengthen those whose minds are disoriented and failing.
Unlike many I am not dealing with chronic illness.
For some reason, I am not and it doesn’t have anything to do with my goodness or wisdom. It’s just where I am today and there’s no promise I won’t be sick tomorrow.
Lord, be near to those who are struggling and suffering today.
Today really is a gift.
Today I am a caregiver. At some point in my life I will be a care receiver.
Give me grace to be thankful in those days for the days I have like today.