The storms are back, the rain is pouring, the wind is blowing, and even my heart is feeling a bit stormy as I've been praying a lot for a couple of dear long-distance friends and family who are going through some heavy trials – health-wise and heart-wise. Is that you as well? Seems to me that the older I get (and yes, according to AARP and one of our favorite restaurants, I do qualify as a senior citizen as well as a baby boomer ), the more I seem to hear of sad news. I think it's because I have more friends AND I am blessed with friends of friends and family. Don't you find that, at any given time, you may be praying for your own close loved ones AND for the loved ones of your kids, your grandkids, your friends, your neighbors, and so on. And, as hard as it can be, it's also a blessed calling of God to lift them up with our prayers.
I'm so grateful for the encouraging and uplifting Bible verses like Psalm 25:
My eyes are continually toward the LORD, For He will pluck my feet out of the net. Turn to me and be gracious to me, For I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged ; Bring me out of my distresses. Look upon my affliction and my trouble, And forgive all my sins. Look upon my enemies, for they are many, And they hate me with violent hatred. 20 Guard my soul and deliver me; Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for You. Psalm 25:15-21
I'm Scripture praying that for myself AND for my loved ones AND for you today as you are, perhaps, also dealing with the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for the elderly parents and relatives in your family, while raising children or babysitting grandchildren. Be blessed.
P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.