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The Upper Room Devotional 10 July 2024: Comfort in Old Age

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The Upper Room Devotional 10 July 2024: Comfort in Old Age

Read and Study Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for July 10th, 2024 Message. God bless you as you study today! Please share with your friends and loved ones.

Today’s Topic: Comfort in Old Age
Becky Ritchey (Kansas, USA)

TODAY’S READING
Psalm 71:17-21

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
I can count on God’s promises always.

The Lord said, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. – Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)

One morning I woke up with a stiff neck and a throbbing headache. I have arthritis in my neck from a past injury that causes occasional headaches, but this one was worse than usual. With my husband away on business and no family living close by, I felt weak and vulnerable. I texted a prayer request to the women in my weekly Bible study. They soon texted back their prayers. One woman, Sarah, called to pray with me over the phone.

One of Sarah’s prayers particularly grabbed my attention: “God, we thank you for the body parts that are working well.” Hearing her words, I realized how often my conversations with friends are dominated by complaints over our aches and ailments. At 68, I sometimes feel like everything in my body is wearing out. I’m ashamed to confess that it hadn’t occurred to me to thank God for the parts that are still working.

When our call ended, I took time to thank God for eyes that can still see sunsets and red roses; for ears that can still hear symphonies and my dog’s delighted squeals; for a mouth that can still taste strawberries and chocolate and fried chicken. Soon, joy replaced my distress as I remembered God’s promise to care for me even as I grow old.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father God, thank you for our wonderful bodies. Thank you for promising to care for us all our days, even as our bodies are aging. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS
People with arthritis

 

The Upper Room Devotional 10 July 2024: Comfort in Old Age

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