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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Empty Nester/Retirement (from work) (09/10/09)

TITLE: A Nester’s Prayer
By Charla Diehl
09/16/09
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God bless this new, yet vaguely familiar chapter of our lives:
A time now for just the two of us, as it was so long ago.
Help us keep the embers of love glowing through sharing, caring, and nurture.
Help us grow together more and enjoy each other, but not smother each other.
How strange not to hear young voices in the other room.

Thank you Lord for new beginnings:
So many things we’ve rediscovered in our “oneness”--simple things like stargazing.
We’re enjoying spontaneous decisions that say “dinner can wait”.
Yesterday I caught my spouse staring at me--it reminded me of when we met.
How freeing to have schedules that are just our own.

Thank you dear Father, You know us so well:
You knew we’d need a sense of humor so we could age gracefully.
You knew our personalities would mesh and bond us forever in Your love.
You know what awaits us down the road--the good times and future struggles.
How comforting to know we can rely on You always--no matter what.

For past, present and future--we thank you, Lord:
May we cherish our time together and greet each new day with a passion for living.
Help us never to tire of your marvelous creations.
Thank you for the blessing of children and grandchildren.
How awesome You are when detailing our lives.

In humble adoration,
Your son and daughter

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Beth LaBuff 09/17/09
Your first stanza captured the empty-nest readjustment so well. (That's where we are now. :) ) I like this!
Allen Stark09/18/09
Thanks for helping me to get started on my prayer regarding this matter. And please keep us in yours.
c clemons09/23/09
Enjoyed it.
Carol Slider 09/24/09
Lovely and heartfelt... congratulations!
Lisa Johnson 09/25/09
Such a sweet spirit in your place. Touching and inspiring for those of us approaching this time in our lives as well. Congratulations on your success with this entry.
Sharlyn Guthrie10/01/09
Congratulations, Charla. Very thoughtful piece.