May 31

Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, til I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.  Psalm 71:18

So we do not lose heart.  Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 
2 Corinthians 4:16

Have you heard this saying?  “Aging is not for sissies.”  I agree with the truth in that statement.  Growing old is hard sometimes.  We lose strength in our physical bodies so that we are not able to do what we once did easily.  Our memory fades too so that we search for names and what we had for breakfast.  Sometimes elders are abused by their caregivers, even family members.  Finances can be a worry, will the money last longer than our lives?  Regrets and unhappy memories can disturb our peace.

Aging has a good side too.  Hopefully we can retire while we still are healthy enough to pursue other interests such as hobbies and travel.  Senior discounts are nice and helpful.  Most of us have gained wisdom from living long and experiencing much.

Wisdom – a true gift from God.  And as the writer of Psalm 91 says, we have responsibilities, that of ensuring that the next generations know about the goodness of God.  In our present day culture,  young people tend to not go to church.  The church, the body of Christ that has been so important in our lives is losing its significance in our younger population. 

But God knows all this.  And He has a plan. So we should not “lose heart”.  Rather , we continue to give thanks to our Lord who continues to renew our inner natures and does not forsake us.  And we continue to go to worship, to church where our lives are truly strengthened and renewed by God’s word and friends who believe as we do. 

As aging moves us from our sixties into our seventies and then eighties and nineties, we are presented with both challenges and blessings.  Our eyes may dim but we see that which is not seen but is our promise and our future.

Faithful God, you know our minds and our hearts.  You have prepared us for this aging process and we thank you for the blessings we find, no matter our age or our circumstance.  When we are weak and afraid, strengthen us with your love and understanding.  Help us to share what you have done for us and for all.  And give us peace.  Amen

Joan Perlich