Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.

(Mark 2:22)

Lord, make my soul new and elastic, so that it can expand with the effervescence of your love.

The new is not necessarily better than the old, nor the old better than the new. We need both. As Girl Scouts we used to sing a round that said, “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.”

The circumstances of our lives keep changing, and we have to be flexible enough to adapt. At the same time, we must honor the constant values. You do not change, Lord. The truth does not change. The route can be updated; there may be detours, but our destination doesn’t move.

I encountered a lot of detours in what I had planned for today, but I did what I needed to do and now I am here where I need to be, with you. Nothing else matters.

How can I accommodate your grace? Please help me to adjust to whatever changes occur, without ever losing sight of my purpose, to do your will. The next time I am interrupted, let me say, “Okay, I have to pause, but I will not stop.” Let my journey to you proceed. I will try harder to enjoy the people I meet, the beauty I see, and, yes, even the ditches I have to negotiate.

Just as I was writing the last paragraph, someone was shouting in the hall. (Shouting is the normal way of communicating for those who don’t hear as well as they once did.) I started to feel annoyed until I remembered there is a radio beside me tuned to the classical station. All I had to do was turn it on and let the non-intrusive music drown out everything else. Why does it take me so long to learn? With your grace, I will try harder to remain focused. Thy will be done.

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