Make a Difference

Friday, June 28

6-28By Sara Parkin of Midlands, Michigan, USA

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

—Matthew 5:14–16

(Part 4 of My Journey with Alzheimer’s Disease)

Alzheimer’s patients can make a difference in the world. When we see someone who looks burned-out, fatigued, tired, or tapped out, we can make a change in their lives. We can pray, listen, place our hands on their shoulder, ask if we can help them, or let them know we care. We will make a difference.

To do this, we need to take care of ourselves. We need to keep our brains working and play games. We can risk doing something that is challenging to us—try it. If it doesn’t work, it is not a failure because we will have learned something new. We will have learned it is something we can’t do at this time. So, we can try something else.

We can exercise, walk, move in our chair while watching TV, or move our arms, neck, and fingers. We can laugh, dance, or do dishes. We can just move at our own rate and rest when we need to.

Eat fresh fruit, fresh veggies, lean meat, fish, rice, potatoes. Pray for others. Pray for self. Write in a journal. Have quiet time with God, who journeys with you.

Prayer for Peace
Thank you, God of light, for shining in our darkness. May we shine, too, for others. Use us in Christ’s mission. May we use our gifts and our light to share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Examining God’s Call to Me and to All
Reflect on God’s call in your life. Begin by prayerfully asking to recall particular moments when you have experienced God’s presence and invitation. Write in your journal or quietly reflect on images and insights that come.

When has God seemed most real in your life? How and when has God called you to use your energies and gifts? When have you felt God’s love in your life? When have you felt disconnected or resistant to God’s call? How do your gifts and callings connect with the call of God you notice in your family, friends, congregation, or community?

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will ponder how I can make a difference.

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