Psalm 119:169-176 (NRSV)

169 Let my cry come before you, O Lord; give me understanding according to your word. 170 Let my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your promise. 171 My lips will pour forth praise, because you teach me your statutes. 172 My tongue will sing of your promise, for all your commandments are right. 173 Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. 174 I long for your salvation, O Lord, and your law is my delight. 175 Let me live that I may praise you, and let your ordinances help me. 176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek out your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.   

Psalm 119:176 (NRSV)

176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek out your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.   

DEVOTION – Dorothy O’Neill (South Australia, Australia)

I don’t know how Ruby does it.  Fifty-five years after she and Ted were married, Ted is now lost in Dementia.  Hopelessly confused about what day it is and where he is, Ted hardly knows any of their friends anymore.  His behavior is more and more problematic:  He wanders off from their home on imaginary errands; he shouts at Ruby, sometimes even physically struggling with her.  Yet, day in, and day out, Ruby lovingly and patiently cares for him.  She accompanies him everywhere, explaining his condition to those who don’t understand.  Her actions are sincere; Ruby cherries Ted.  Ruby still sees, hidden behind the fog of dementia, the love of her life.

Isn’t this how God loves us?  Sometimes our minds are focused anywhere but on our loving Creator.  At times our behavior is so absurd that we can’t even say afterward why we did what we did.  We wander like sheep.  Yet none of it deters God; in fact, God still cherishes us.  I don’t know how God does it, but whenever I see Ruby, I know where she gets it from.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: We are always on God’s mind.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, you understand our weakness.  When we get lost, bring our minds back to your love.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE CAREING FOR LOVED ONES WITH DEMENTIA

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