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At a nursing home, a resident group was discussing ailments.
One man said: “My arms are so weak I can hardly life this cup of coffee,”
An old lady added: “Yes I know, my cataracts are so bad I can’t even see my coffee,”
Then a third person said: “I can’t turn my head because of the arthritis in my neck,”
Then an elderly man spoke up: “My blood pressure pills make me dizzy, but I guess that’s the price we pay for getting old,”
They all nodded enthusiastically and someone added: “Well, it sure beats the alternative.”
Then one woman said cheerfully: “Well, it’s not that bad, thank goodness we can all still drive!”

So that’s a laugh for the week, but there are some thoughts which are appropriate as well. In his 1729 Christian classic, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, William Law gave us the secret to a spiritual and productive life. “Nourish your soul with good works, make it wise with reading, enlighten it by meditation, make it tender with love, sweeten it with humility, humble it with penance, enliven it with Psalms and Hymns, and comfort it with frequent reflections upon future glory.” And in the process you can drive God’s will throughout the week.

Read: I Timothy 4:6


Scripture Readings for 17th Sunday after Pentecost – October 1, 2017 – World Communion Sunday
Gospel Reading: Mark 9:2-9
Epistle Reading: Hebrews 13:15-21