Eldering

Difficult Times

Inspiration

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Blessing

Texts

Isaiah 46: 4 – 5

4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am the One, I am the One who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. 5 “With whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?

Poem

Things shouldn’t be so hard

A life should leave

deep tracks:

ruts where she

went out and back

to get the mail

or move the hose

around the yard;

where she used to

stand before the sink,

a worn-out place;

beneath her hand

the china knobs

rubbed down to

white pastilles;

the switch she

used to feel for

in the dark

almost erased.

Her things should

keep her marks.

The passage

of a life should show;

it should abrade.

And when life stops,

a certain space—

however small—

should be left scarred

by the grand and

damaging parade.

Things shouldn’t

be so hard.

—Kay Ryan from The Niagara River by Kay Ryan, Copyright © 2005 by Kay Ryan.

Psalm

Psalm 121, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains, from where does my help come?”

Psalm: 6.3, “Be gracious unto me, O LORD, for I languish away; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are affrighted.”

Song

Bridge over troubled water

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0_YrU6SstU

Esai Einai, El HeHarim MeAyin Yaavo Ezri . . .

אֶשָּׂא עֵינַי, אֶל-הֶהָרִים– מֵאַיִן, יָבֹא עֶזְרִי

עֶזְרִי, מֵעִם יְהוָה– עֹשֵׂה, שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbnm31nekb0

Other Resources