March 2021 Edition
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Reflection

During the past month, Working Wisdom's focus changed. I decided that Working Wisdom will concentrate on serving the needs and concerns of faith-based, nonprofit long-term care communities.

When discerning Working Wisdom's target focus, I recognized my lifelong love of elders, my appreciation for their wisdom, and my concern for their care. I also saw a thread that revealed long-term care facilities being a significant part of my experience as my work and ministry developed.

The focus and timing of this newsletter will change accordingly. The focus will shift to encouraging the leaders of long-term care communities. The timing will shift from monthly to weekly.

I envision the newsletter as being a source of spiritual encouragement for leaders and leadership teams. The leaders of long-term care communities have the broadest range of influence; so, I believe by encouraging them, all members of the community can gain encouragement.

As Paul says, "I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (Colossians 2:2-3)

As we roar into March, the month we celebrate women's history and spring, there are signs of hope. The number of new cases and death from COVID has declined significantly and opportunities for visitation is opening up. Therefore, the theme for March is hope.

Scripture

... we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)

Daily Reflection Themes

Mission Monday:
How will you embody the mission this week? How will you encourage its fulfillment?

Prayer Request Tuesday:
Who needs prayer? Do you?

Wisdom Wednesday:
Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope? (Job 4:6)

Thankful Thursdays:
What have you been thankful for this week? To whom will you share your gratitude?

Faithful Fridays:
How has your service been consistent with your faith this week? Whose faithfulness deserves recognition?

Prayer

Loving God,
You see and know our suffering. Help us to be compassionate toward ourselves and others. Fit us more and more to be your agents of healing and service. Partner with us as we extend your love and compassion to those in our care and throughout the world.
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