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Psalm 40:1, 3 I waited patiently upon the LORD…He put a new song in my mouth.
After she came home, her husband remembered that the police had collected the items scattered at the accident scene. Hesitantly she went through them, finding, along with her cell phone, the “to-do” list she had intended to accomplish the weekend of the accident. Those things didn’t get done. But she had lived, against the odds. She (and I) got a new perspective about plans.
Following that, she read a book by a person who had received similar injuries and who wrote of accepting the “new normal.” The challenge was to refuse to live in regret about how life might have been, about the “to-do” lists that could no longer include certain activities. As she embraced the idea of living in the “new normal,” God put a “new song” in her mouth. The new song was courageous and beautiful.
Today the Church remembers George Herbert, Priest, 1633.