Thoughts: “How did you get that bruise?”
In our declining years, some of us hear that question often. Usually, we don’t even know we have a bruise.
“Where?” we ask, surprised.
“On your arm! There, see?”
And there it is, a purplish smudge of which we were unaware. Now that we know it’s there, we feel the soreness. We watch its purple change to greenish-yellow and finally disappear. This takes time.
A reed is slender and defenseless. If a reed is bruised, it is close to broken. People who suffer pain, physical and/or emotional, are bruised reeds.
The servant in whom God’s soul delights will not break bruised reeds. Matthew 12:20 repeats this promise.
Discussion: When in your life have you felt like a bruised reed?
Activity: Bruised reeds need smiles and hugs and listening ears and comforting words. Try to supply at least one of these.
Remember in prayer this week Francis Corera, Bob Grusnick at Heartland, Vivian Hansard, Eunice Kraase, Sandy Northey, Mildred Parker at Wellbridge, and Tom Stevens.
United Methodist Women gather this Thursday at 9:30am for Ruth Circle and 7:00pm for Deborah Circle, both at the church. All women of the church are invited to one or both of these gatherings.
This Saturday morning at 8:00am, please join Men’s Breakfast, and stay for Trustee work day from 9:00am to noon. From 4:00 to 7:00pm is visitation at the church for Jean Sheren’s brother, Bill Gilbert.
Sunday join us at 10:00am for UMW Sunday, Baptism, and Human Relations. The memorial service for Bill Gilbert will be at 3:00pm in the sanctuary with visitation beginning at 1:00pm. A dinner will follow the service.
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