Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 27, 2008
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 27, 2008
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"The LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
the LORD loves the righteous."
Several years ago I enjoyed a brisk, invigorating
morning run with a dear friend and her puppy. The
sunrise was glorious. A dusting of snow lay on the
ground. It was her birthday. "Yes," she said,
"somehow I'm just not real excited about this year
or my birthday. It's been difficult. I've been
surviving. This year can only be an improvement."
Surviving is a good thing. Her world turned upside
down when someone outed her as a lesbian. The past
year had been horrific with loss of income,
retirement benefits, and economic security.
Others I know struggle to simply survive with
illnesses such as AIDS and breast cancer. For
many it has been a time of multiple losses.
Another friend wrote a letter, saying, "If you
want a happy New Year, stop reading here." My
friend went on to describe the year's losses of
home, job, a beloved partner's deteriorating health
due to AIDS, and the death of a parent. He ended
his letter saying, "I know God is in this somehow.
I am simply trying to survive."
My beloved grandmother outlived all her children.
She also attended the funerals of many of her family
members and friends. Her husband suffered over a
dozen strokes and she nursed him devotedly around
the clock for years. Every day she would say, "One
day at a time, dear Lord, one day at a time." Every
night she would sit on Grandpa's bed and hold his
hand. The strokes had taken his speech away, so
Grandma prayed aloud for both of them. She would
pray for those gone and those remaining. She prayed
for her friends and family, thanked the good Lord
for getting her through one more day, prayed for
the church and missionaries around the world, gave
thanks for the day's food, shelter, health, and
medicine. She was a great woman of faith and courage.
She knew how to bow down before God with her burdens.
And God always lifted her up.
So whatever your circumstances, please be encouraged.
God sees. God cares. God will help you one day at
a time. God will help you one moment at a time when
the day feels overwhelming.
One day at a time, dear Lord, one day at a time.
Bless us with faith, hope, joy, courage, endurance,
and love. Help us keep looking up. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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