Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 27, 2013
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 27, 2013
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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. Thank you
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"Our God opens the eyes of the blind. God lifts up
those who are bowed down; God 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
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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