Aging Gracefully


Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.

~2 Corinthians 4:16, NASB


“Age is only a state of mind. You are as young as you think.” 

~ Lailah Gifty Akita

No one dreams of being old; that’s like dreaming of being poor and ugly. We dream about ideals and we do not think of old age as being ideal. But there are misconception about old age. Anna was a prophetess who lived at the Temple. The bible simply states, “She was very old.” Well, how old was Anna? Jewish girls got married from age 12 and up; it depended on their maturity. She was married for seven years: this would make Anna somewhere between 103 and 108. Yet she was still productive. She spent her time fasting, praying and in worship. Some of you are thinking–“What a boring life, I would rather be dead.” It was not boring to Anna. I don’t have a passion for fasting but I love prayer and worship and it is anything but boring.

As the years mount up the body begins to fall a part: things that were once easy become a chore. I have to put forth an effort just to tie my shoes and the arthritis in my hands is so bad that it is hard for me to button my shirts. If I’m in a hurry, June has to do it for me. You can laugh if you want but your day is coming. But although the physical body, the outer man is decaying, the soul is being renewed daily. After regeneration, Jesus begins forming Himself in us and as the body dies, the Jesus within us grows. Your love for Him will grow; your pleasure in serving Him will grow and the world, like the body will become smaller and smaller. I read the passion narrative just a couple of weeks ago and once again I was moved. The wondrous attraction of the old rugged cross is growing in me. My understanding of what God is doing in me is growing. As we stay obedient and in the word we move onward and upward and the higher we get, the smaller the world becomes until we are out of it’s gravitational field and it has no pull on us.

Had a busy day but the LORD enabled me by His marvelous grace to mark almost a dozen things off my to-do list. Made the hospital rounds: James Russel is slightly better and has had several BM’s which means his intestines are fully awake and functional. Mr. Clyde Gillott still has a fluid problem and it not getting to go to rehab for a couple of more days. He is in CRMC room 414. David’s mom Sue Wood got moved to Summerfords and is in room 242. Had a good visit with Sue. Ray Edwards was also having a good day. Andrea Boyd had neck surgery yesterday {Fusion}. Ann Vest is in HH with pneumonia. Pray especially for the Gillotts: Mr. Clyde cannot walk: the fluid on his knees has disabled him from walking and he is very discouraged.

I hope you have a great day and I know you are excited about the SNOW coming is this evening.

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