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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 21, 2019

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THURSDAY, March 21

Psalm 71:9 Do not cast me off in my old age; forsake me not when my strength fails.

When I was a junior in high school, my grandfather died, and my grandmother came to live with us. By the time I left for college, I decided I did not like old people.

Now I am one.

My husband and I are in relatively good health and have sufficient income, but I look at the situations of our contemporaries and realize that, in our youth-obsessed culture, it is not good to be old. God does not cast us off in old age, but in too many cases we heedlessly cast each other off.

Recent studies show the devastating effects of loneliness on health outcomes of older Americans. Without human contact, those who have outlived a spouse or never married, those without children, siblings, or friends close by, literally wither and die. Because we know that God has not abandoned us, we need to make sure no one feels forsaken in old age.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you have friends who are not your age? How can you widen your circle and share your love and life?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Montreal and Moosonee (Canada)

Ps [70], 71 * 74 | Jeremiah 4:9-10,19-28 |
Romans 2:12-24 | John 5:19-29

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