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It's all good, Lord
I look at the pictures of retirement life as portrayed by AARP. The smiling silver-haired couple lounging on the beach is a long way from the retiree working as a Wal-mart greeter. I know some of both and in a crazy sort of way, I think the Wal-mart greeter may be the one who is more content with the retirement life.
Either way, whether we've amassed the proverbial fortune or we'll be working till we drop, life can be very good. Either way, life can also be very bad. The strength of the spiritual life, not the possessions, determines the life well-lived.
As I find myself immersed in my community, unable to solve any of the problems on my own, I must place it all into the care of the Heavenly Father, knowing only He can see the complete picture: past, present and future. Only He is in a position to work the real miracles. Only He can take a problem created by one generation and be around to bring it to resolution thousands of generations later. Only He can take the disagreement that began with the Biblical Abraham's sons and bring it to a workable conclusion.
I'm only capable of viewing the present and as long as I understand I am merely a spectator passing through today's moment in this crazy, mixed-up world, only then can I know the peace that comes through the Heavenly Father's assurances that He has the plan.
"Perhaps if I only realized that I do not admire what everyone seems to admire, I would really begin to live after all." --Thomas Merton
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