Psa 13:1-3 How much longer will you forget me, LORD? Forever? How much longer will you hide yourself from me? How long must I endure trouble? How long will sorrow fill my heart day and night? How long will my enemies triumph over me? Look at me, O LORD my God, and answer me. Restore my strength; don't let me die. (GNB)
This week's selection was taken from the Good News Bible. Upon reading it we might wonder out loud why it is called Good News. It appears King David had his struggles too. We do not know the age in which he wrote this, but we can conclude he was not a young'n.
I stepped up my search for a weekly devotional for seniors. I have subscribed 3 times to a ministry devotional for that age group and have yet to receive one. I keep searching and can find no other, yet I am sure they must exist. Is this age group forgotten by people? Isn't it known by God that we need extra comfort as we go through the stage of rushing toward the term elderly? That we need something to focus on pointing us to the heavenlies rather than the earthly confines that appear to be getting the best of us?
Seeing I cannot yet find what I desire I will undertake to write a weekly devotional, prayerfully mindful that God does not forget us or forsake us. I hope to address the special needs of this age group, and although there are several common maladies that bind us together, this week I concentrate on loneliness. Doesn't it appear to you that David, despite his national renown, feels isolated, abandoned and at the brink of despair? Have you ever felt that way? Do you anticipate, or have experienced, as you grow older the younger people shirk away from you? You are no longer "cool" to be around? At one time your house might have been filled with many guests on many occasions. You held a party or gathering or dinner for the slightest reason. That is when you had vigor and strength to be a hostess. To do it all. To receive nothing in return for an often few days of cooking, preparing, cleaning and making sure the day would be lovely right down to the last details.
And now it is your turn to be a guest, and the invites don't come. It appears they think you might not want to make the drive? Or participate in a noisy environment? Or is it that your company is no longer festive and pleasant to be around? I am not sure what the real reason is that invites are not plentiful, but if you have insight, would you mind sharing with the curious in the same boat? Rest assured however, that God is just to remember us, even when others forget. I refuse to be lonely. How can I feel alone when God is always available, and I am closer to living eternally with Him than the first day I proclaimed Him as my very own. Lord, help us to seek out and understand all, never forsaking You in the journey to eternal life. Amen