LEARNING TO WALK AGAIN
Read Isaiah 40: 27-31
Though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong,
for the LORD holds us by the hand.
My recovery from hip surgery includes intensive daily
physical therapy to retrain the muscles in my weakened leg.
I begin with gentle massage and passive range of motion
and then progress to active muscle-strengthening exercises.
Finally, I advance to the treadmill, gripping the handrails
firmly, lest I stumble while my legs recall how to walk correctly. Daily therapy takes time and effort, but it's worth it.
I feel a little stronger each day.
I’m learning I need the same discipline in my spiritual
walk. Limping along is easy for me. I skip daily devotions
when time is short and pray only briefly while rushing from
one activity to another. Over time, my spiritual muscles
weaken until I am no longer able to walk with confidence
through the challenges of daily life. However, through prayer,
devotions, Bible study,
and worship I am able to
strengthen my walk with
God. When difficulties
arise and I stumble, God
is holding my hand, lifting
me up and offering me the opportunity to renew my spiritual
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for being with us through the
challenges of life. Strengthen our desire to walk more closely
with you. Amen.
Susan Walker-Spring (New York)
Prayer Focus: THOSE RECOVERING FROM SURGERY
— Psalm 37: 24 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
When we stumble, God is
there to catch us and
give us strength.