As I contemplated further the concept of aging, a 1980s Oil of Olay ad slogan came to mind: ‘I don’t intend to grow old gracefully, I intend to fight it every step of the way.’. I am thirty-eight. Some don’t look old even though they may be old while some look older than their actual age. They flourish in the courts of our God. God intends for us to be useful and active in our golden years: • God ask Noah to build an ark when he was 400 years old. 42 GROWING OLD GRACEFULLY DEATH SPIRITUAL 100 YEARS 60's STEADFAST 70's EXEMPLARY 80's NOBLE 90's FERVENT 50's INNOCENT EARLY CHILDHOOD FIGHTING TIRELESS OBEDIENT 40's TEACHABLE 30's 20's 43 Hebrews 927. ... but the splendour of old men is their grey hair. Age should also bring a level of maturity and mellowing gained by experience. Introduction: Honor is a precious thing. And I completely agree with you about embracing this season of life. Don’t get me wrong. Sign up for my periodic newsletter to receive updates on my books, freebies, recipes, and other behind the scenes fun! As Christians, we have hope in our heavenly home and our new eternal bodies. Yes, if we live a moral life as God desires each of us to do, we shall benefit in the flesh, but more imperative than this, we shall be blessed eternally. Sermon on Aging Gracefully 1. All rights reserved. I never actually knew what Mom meant, until I found myself in that same boat of "growing old gracefully. We have time to pray, read the Bible and good books, and think about life. Help me to remember to thank You for the times I’m in good health, and give me the grace to cheerfully accept the difficulties and disappointments that come with aging. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. Psalm 71:9. (Psalm 92:14) I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. My 52nd birthday is this week. Lord, Thou knowest better than I myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth. Aging is stigmatized as undesirable, even shameful. What we do with the time we have left is up to us. And, of course, grandparenting experiences bring pleasure, hopefully without the strains parenting can carry. While I can look back and see the amazing things God has done and how He has matured me spiritually, I still have so much I want (and need) to learn and to accomplish. Gracefully here, as I define it, means full of saving grace that gets us to heaven when we leave this world upon physical death. Well, aging. Scripture is encouraging in declaring, “They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing” (Psalm 92:14). One of my favorite Bible verses about aging gracefully is “ Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.” (Psalm 92:14) God will carry us through, even into our advanced years. With age comes the realization of how physically close we might be to the Kingdom of God. Those who are continuing to bear fruit in their old age are to be honored and commended. 2:14,15). But we should also understand that the final heartbeat is not an end— but a grand beginning. On Growing Old Gracefully— Sort of June 5, 2016 by Ben Witherington Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! The satisfaction that comes from learning something new and useful is perhaps worth more than the money such efforts bring in. All of which were rated "G", for good of course. I am thankful for every moment. The accumulation of years does have an inexorable effect on our bodies. In western culture, we tend to idolize youth. At the time of the birth of Jesus Christ, Anna the prophetess was active at the temple (Luke 2:36-38). We each go to our eternal home, and the streets are filled with those who mourn” (verse 5, CEV). It is God’s call to each one of us to grow old gracefully — full of grace — to grow toward Him. Like “It has been my face. Thank Him for this wonderful life you’ve been given. The truth is, we get to choose our attitude. “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you,” says James (James 4:8). That is not the way I want to grow old. Great post — I needed to read this one the presence of an old man, and fear your God I am the Lord." While we all know growing older is a natural process, it may be hard to come to terms with, especially in our culture. But, do we grow old gracefully? For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.”, “O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood, and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do. It isn’t always easy, but we will make our own lives better (and those who care about us) if we work at growing old gracefully; and God will help us. She becomes more settled in what she likes and dislikes. Growing Old Gracefully. It’s the wisdom that comes from so much experience in life! I've survived most of the stages of life you described, including menopause, but now I need help in knowing how to grow old gracefully. It’s interesting to note that the expression “growing old gracefully” contains the word “grace.” Why? A poster in a senior center boldly declared, “Growing old isn’t for sissies!” As the years go by, we will all identify with that statement more and more. But like a palm tree,  when I learn to embrace there are some things I cannot control—I become more flexible and bend with the winds and challenges of life rather than snapping. We can choose to either grow better or bitter with age, to influence positively or negatively. I don't want to become a boring, sour old woman. “The noisy grinding of grain will be shut out by your deaf ears, but even the song of a bird will keep you awake” (verse 4, CEV). It seems to me that one of the things that some people joke about most in life is aging...One way we … In a very real sense we stand on the brink of eternity. I want to be like the aging man in Psalm 71. If only God knows when it's my time to be in her place, I to shall smile with grace. By asking God to mold us as we gracefully grow older; we can be a very positive light to others around us. Growing Old Gracefully with Gratitude September 12, 2020 Get in Touch If you would like to discuss how Growing Old Grace- fully might help support older people in your parish then please get in touch with our Development Officer, Rhoda Wu on growing.old.gracefully@dioceseofleeds.org.uk Thank you. There is a lot of valuable gold from experience that comes with the silver in the hair! A former Agnostic, he converted to the Catholic faith in 2004. My birthday is Sept. 25th. Enjoy Life By Giving (Eccl. These mortal bodies weren’t made to last forever. Love your messages. But in Christ that sting is gone and we can celebrate every year with Him! Glad you found this helpful. He told young people, “Keep your Creator in mind while you are young! Getting Closer to God as We Age. I am sure that we have all known such people 3. Happy Birthday Beckie – I knew I liked you, Emily ❤️ Growing Old Gracefully. Sign up to receive the week's latest articles, blog posts and updates. The older we become, the more we appreciate the fact that life unfolds day by day with moments we treasure, however unspectacular they may be. But I wonder if we, as Christians, ever think about aging gracefully. In fact, the older we get, the closer we get to receiving those new bodies. Alan Scott is a writer and graphic designer residing in Virginia. Moses prayed, "So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:12). Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.” Psalm 71:17, “But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. I never saw why we have such a negative view of aging. The sting of death is sin, but thanks be unto God that Christ died for our sins thereby removing its sting. We all have 24 hours a day. You look gorgeous and healthy. I embraced the challenge, and my life-long dream of publishing was accomplished at the age of 49. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. on Jan 10, 2021 Jan 10, 2021. Embrace Challenge. Your email address will not be published. But depression is a real threat among the old; some drift into isolation, bitterness, and a sense of meaninglessness. In a very real sense we stand on the brink of eternity. Hearing problems don’t guarantee sound sleep! When a woman’s children are grown and move on to homes and families of their own, she may have a renewed opportunity to reassess and modify her life. And I wholeheartedly agree. The Bible contains many stories of righteous people who continued serving God even in old age. Are you becoming wiser and more prudent as you grow older? I have been blessed to know a number of such people in my life -- Yes, growing old gracefully is possible! CBN.com-- Who wants to grow old? Life is challenging no matter your age. “When granted many years of life, growing old in age is natural, but growing old with grace is a choice. 7 days a week, yielding 168 hours per week. A Prayer for Growing Old Gracefully. But is it? Have fun and try new things. Just as change is inevitable, so is aging. There’s another kind of vocation — a kind of “late vocation” — God’s final call to a strong finish. And we can know, if God calls us to this He will carry us to the end. It is something that, in our deepest thoughts, we all desire and would like to have. But we should also understand that the final heartbeat is not an end—but a grand beginning. No one looks forward to growing old, but hopefully we will do so gracefully and with dignity. While we all know growing older is a natural process, it may be hard to come to terms with, especially in our culture. Various Bible commentators calculate her age as anywhere from 84 to 103 years old. In fact, I think that ageing can bring you closer to God. As my daughter, Charity, and I discussed celebration plans, it turned into a conversation about what it’s like to get older. To seize means to lay hold of or take possession of by force. It is God’s will to use us no matter what our age (often despite it!). ... Let us hide God’s word in our hearts that we may be able to have that discernment we must have in these last days that we will not be deceived. 15:55-57; Heb. But, when the time came, He came through in a big way! Help me to remember to thank You for the times I’m in good health, and give me the grace to cheerfully accept the difficulties and disappointments that come with aging. With aging affecting our once youthful bodies and minds, how can we grow old gracefully? “Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent” (v. 9). But the Creator who designed our bodies to be affected by the passage of time does not leave us to suffer alone. • Moses was 80 when he lead Israel out of Egypt. Just as change is inevitable, so is aging. Psychological and sociological factors seem to have a significant influence on how well individuals age. They flourish in the courts of our God. And cuter than ever! Used by permission. “You will be afraid to climb up a hill or walk down a road. All of which were rated "G", for good of course. I can't be the only one to get lost in time. But, as you said, it is impossible, so why not “embrace” it. Your email address will not be published. Growing in Christ is not age-dependent. She may be able to focus anew on the positives of her husband. I know some women who are fighting the aging process tooth and nail. So he handed over those duties to others and concentrated his efforts on ruling the kingdom with righteousness and grace. I really think it has to do with the fear of death. Diminished hearing can make it a struggle to even hear instructions clearly. Happy Birthday month! Growing old, I have come to accept is inevitable. Preventive measures, such as getting a yearly flu shot, and screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers are also important for growing old gracefully. “You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” ― George Bernard Shaw tags: ... tags: aging, aging-gracefully, growing-older, predictability. Thanks for the birthday wishes! If we do all this brethren, we shall grow old gracefully in the eyes of the Lord. Aww! Proverbs 16:31. It isn’t always easy, but we will make our own lives better (and those who care about us) if we work at growing old gracefully; and God will help us. Let’s face it, change is difficult. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.”. I’ve decided that not only do I intend to grow old gracefully, but I intend to grow in Christ’s grace. The retired years are a great opportunity to utilize all the new found … Hmmm … a nice and yet impossible idea. “O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood, and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do. The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. While we all know growing older is a natural process, it may be hard to come to terms with, especially in our culture. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. by Susan Muto Aging gracefully is life’s favorite way of awakening in us a renewed appreciation for the richness of the ordinary. Awww! Scripture of the day:“I will be your God throughout your lifetime–until your hair is white with age. Some realize they may have neglected their wife and family through the years, so they work now to repair and rebuild those precious relationships with love and graciousness. Aging well requires intentionality. Such an awareness can have a positive effect on all areas of your life as you grow older. “But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. The older body doesn’t “bounce back” from an injury, illness or even a simple strain as it once did, so we may struggle with health challenges. On the contrary, let’s show those around us how to embrace the changes that come with aging with dignity and grace. It’s said that time is the great equalizer. Here is another useful prayer I found in my library: Lord, thou knowest better than I know, that I am growing older, and some day will be old. I’ve discovered when I fight something I have no control over, I tend to become stiff and rigid, and eventually, I break. It’s said that time is the great equalizer. And praise God for 15 years cancer free! Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Some heal; some scar; but all carry lessons to be learned and passed along. I’m also not saying it’s wrong to color your hair or enjoy a great new pair of shoes (God forbid!). Get the latest blog posts from Life, Hope & Truth straight to your inbox. Life is challenging no matter your age. Text: (Leviticus 19:32) "Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God.I am the LORD." I’m with you on fighting growing old, but it is winning I’m afraid. Get checked out. “For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.” 1 Corinthians 5:1. The aged have absorbed life’s blows and wounds. Prayer of an Aging Jesuit Dearest Lord, teach me to grow old gracefully. I've survived most of the stages of life you described, including menopause, but now I need help in knowing how to grow old gracefully. THE BOOK OF GOD'S PROMISES Aging: What The Bible Has To Say By J. Stephen Lang. In 2014 he started his blog GrowInVirtue.com, and is the author of The Quest for Virtue, both which focus on growing in holiness, by attempting to live a life more simple and virtuous, a life that is lived for God. posted on July 29, 2014. This happens when we attempt to fight what we cannot control. I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you” (Isaiah 46:3-4). Ecclesiastes 12 is as true today as it was when King Solomon wrote it about 3,000 years ago. I never actually knew what Mom meant, until I found myself in that same boat of "growing old gracefully. Growing old gracefully. A spirit of gratitude, more than anything else, will help determine whether you grow old gracefully — or just grow old. They believe that if one takes care of themselves, old age will be a breeze. For some of us, like me, the realization of what He called me to do through writing was certainly a work in progress. Here is another useful prayer I found in my library: Lord, thou knowest better than I know, that I am growing older, and some day will be old. ... God places a premium on age. We have time to pray, read the Bible and good books, and think about life. One of the biggest benefits of living many years is one that so many in our culture today overlook or dismiss. Wishing you a wonderful birthday Ms. Beckie. Growing old gracefully. But when the change is your body not cooperating or looking the way it did when you were younger—it can be devastating, particularly for women. Let’s be a source of wisdom, comfort, and godly influence. Growing old is a natural phenomenon. Thank you Jesus! The blessing of children like this was intended to be encouraging for the family, and it also carried with it a legal implication regarding control of property and possessions. We can look forward to that time with anticipation, while learning how to navigate the later years with grace and dignity. Getting old gracefully is extra about becoming healthful than maintaining the… Like a bottle of wine, you can get improved with age with the correct care. Yes, we grow older, but with God, we grow wiser, too. We cannot stop the hands of time. It is all in our attitude with regards to aging. Nor am I saying we shouldn’t continue to educate ourselves and stay current on what’s happening within the culture. • … I also realize lessons like: hard work pays off, and nothing is impossible with God. Growing Older Gracefully. Beckie, I remember that Oil of Olay ad very well. Growing old Gracefully. I’ve decided that not only do I intend to grow old gracefully, but I intend to grow in Christ’s grace. We all grow old. Along with all the other changes, even our hair changes—if it doesn’t turn white, it turns loose! Many young people say: “I will never be like that when I get old!” But growing old gracefully … Because the real key to growing old gracefully is to live with an awareness of God’s grace in your life. Help me to see that my community does me no wrong when gradually it takes from me my duties; when it no longer seems to seek my views. For the Christian, the alternative to living on in this world is -- heaven. Godliness brings nearness to God, relational intimacy with him. How Should a Christian Deal With the Coronavirus Pandemic? God’s way to grow old is to develop a walk with Him now. One does not need to go to the Bible to find the only examples of people growing old gracefully 2. I don't want to become a boring, sour old woman. Whether we’re 9 or 90, He vows to be with us every step of the way: I will be the same until your old age, and I will bear you up when you turn gray. Many years later Jacob found himself nearing the end of his days on earth. Happy early birthday Beckie! Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.”Psalm 92: 12-14 (emphasis mine). In western culture, we tend to idolize youth. Take writing a book and proposing it to agents and publishers, for example. When it occurs, it is beautiful to behold: "When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. Growing old gracefully . Also with those years of experience comes a new level of learning—or at least it should! All will reach the stage but the difference is all reach that stage at their pace. I thought I was thirty-seven. All of these factors and more mean that, in order to age with grace and dignity, we need to have realistic expectations of ourselves. Getting old gracefully is extra about becoming healthful than maintaining the wrinkles at bay. He must be our Treasure. Spiritual maturity is a part of growing old gracefully. This might be tough as I get older. You seem ageless! Title: Growing Old Gracefully. Growing old gracefully has its challenges. After all, I want people to enjoy being around me, not to groan at the thought of it. gracious way to grow old growing old godly and gracefully how to have a relationship with jesus keep our hearts pure from sin … But we middle-aged women have problems, too. We can also add deeper knowledge and insights on marriage and family, interpersonal relationships, business, hobbies, planning and the importance of love. When I stand before the Father, may this earthly tent and all the gifts and talents it holds, be worn threadbare and usable no more. Question: Most of your books and talks are directed to younger wives and mothers. I already have more wrinkles than a Shar Pei pup! Graemme Marshall was a church pastor for the Church of God, a Worldwide Association, before his death in 2015. Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Life is challenging no matter your age. There can be a digestion of life and an acceptance of loss and grief. Are you looking forward to growing gracefully older? (1) Embrace Change. Question: Most of your books and talks are directed to younger wives and mothers. Here are 10 ways to grow old gracefully that you may not have considered: 1. We cannot stop the hands of time. Growing … I’d love to hear your comments or prayer requests in the comments! Comedian George Burns, who lived past one hundred, quipped, "It's better than the alternative." For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. Jesus, You promised, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”1 Please help me to stay young in heart and spirit, even as I grow older in body. Introduction: Honor is a precious thing. Well said author! Stopping my learning, growth, and efforts to increase my faith is a choice. GROWING OLD AND A GING By Dr. D. W. Ekstrand INTRODUCTION. The reason that the psalmist could handle his problems so well as an old man was that he had developed a walk with God in the years leading up to this time. Here is my opinion of growing old gracefully: It is when you have a close relationship with God and view every hour, every day, every month, and every year as a gift from God.” “I feel aging gracefully is being able to enjoy your golden years without … Upon retirement some seniors have learned their way around a computer and have discovered a vast new world of information, ideas and entertainment online. The Bible is an inexhaustible mine of wisdom, and the more we study and understand, the deeper our understanding can go. Isaiah 46:4: Even to your old age I am He, And to gray hairs I will carry you. It is only through faith that we can unlock the mysteries of life and death. It is important to keep a positive, even humorous, perspective on aging, because God designed our bodies to age. Required fields are marked *. That is not the way I want to grow old. If they talk about “growing old”, it is often with disdain for the way many people spend their golden years. Another old adage says that wisdom comes with age; but sometimes age comes all by itself. “A man growing old becomes a child again.” “A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look […] Hmmm … a nice and yet impossible idea. I thought I was thirty-seven. Will you bear fruit in your old age? Growing up as a "PK", short for preachers kid, Mom had many famous clichés. What can our younger members learn … 11:1-2) The idea of these verses comes from planting rice, sowing the seed on the water that would later produce food. Now the children are raised, and there may be grandchildren to enjoy. If only God knows when it's my time to be in her place, I to shall smile with grace. This is opposite to what God wants for us-He wants us to have faith and an expectancy of life and an abiding confidence in the future. The God who made us also planned a wonderful future beyond the certainty of growing old and ending our days on earth. This happens when we attempt to fight what we cannot control. The thrust of this reflection from Ecclesiastes on growing old is that meaning in life is fulfilled in our God-given purpose, and our purpose is only fulfilled when we take advantage of our God-given portion in Christ, God’s promised Savior. With age comes the realization of how physically close we might be to the Kingdom of God. Ecclesiastics 12:1-7. Some have even gone so far as to earn money on the side researching genealogies or digitally enhancing old photos from the comfort of their own home. Seize the day, and enjoy it and live it fully with the grace that God has given you! Understand the abundant life is not found in worldly things 3. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age." May He bless your birthday, dear friend! Age is associated with godliness and greater age with greater godliness. I am not saying that we shouldn’t take care of our bodies. If I desire is to grow older in God’s grace, there are a few things I must embrace. Whether you are 14 or 104, God is not done with you! Failing eyesight can make it difficult to focus on computer monitors and TV screens. And the life that we live must flow from this all-satisfying Christ. In fact, I think that ageing can bring you closer to God. Aging is inevitable. Thus, according to Paul’s epistles death is merely a passage way into eternal life for all those who believe (I Cor. Getting Closer to God as We Age. One of her favorite saying, expressing a rather common thought or idea of hers, was "growing old gracefully". But do you find yourself glancing at the obituaries column to see how many friends and acquaintances may be listed? Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. (Psalm 92:14) I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. Some grow old sooner than others. Their determination to appear younger has cost them financially, emotionally, and even spiritually. Gulp! If I desire is to grow older in God’s grace, there are a few things I must embrace. . And the life that flows from the soul that lives on Jesus is a life of love and service. Not just because I’ve seen my father grow gracefully up in age, but because his baby daughter realizes that she, will one day be gracefully older too. Spiritual maturity is a part of growing old gracefully. While our expectations must change, this does not mean we cannot live satisfying and beneficial lives! It is only through faith that we can unlock the mysteries of life and death. Billy Graham.) Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. Murmuring dishonors God who promises to work all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). As the years went by, David, who had always been a smart, valiant and powerful warrior, came to the point where he could no longer cope with the rigors of battle (2 Samuel 21:15-17). Learning to navigate these technological marvels can be challenging and quite frustrating! Solomon wrote, "He who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. There is a reason we want to grow old gracefully: so that younger generations can observe the gracefulness in our lives which speaks of God’s power at work in us. Thankfully, everything (body, soul, and spirit) will be perfected for those who are in Christ (1 Thess. It is efficacious grace. Thanks, sweet friend!❤️ You are a beautiful woman of God and a Mimi to the most adorable kiddos. Here are some great quotes about growing old gracefully that are inspiring. God places us here to do His work. 1. I have made you, and I will carry you; I will bear and rescue you. We grow up to just grow old . We grow up to just grow old . The more energized and optimistic you feel, the more you’ll be moved to express your gratitude to God. Helen Thorne | September 25th 2014 Are you looking forward to getting older? It made me reflect on what is truly important, what I’ve learned, and what I hope for the future. Growing older helps us to shed that illusion of control more and more, and to rest in the promises of our loving God. Let us pray for, rather than gossip about, those we feel have wrong motives. During the Golden Years priorities change, as most couples are no longer burdened by the responsibilities they had as younger people with demanding careers and young families. The Spradlins have grown old with astonishing grace and acceptance. Don’t ignore the niggles. There are many keys to successfully aging. Sow in such a way as to bear fruit and reap a harvest leading to eternal life Text: (Leviticus 19:32) "Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God.I am the LORD." We will need to gradually curtail heavy physical activities and will have to be more careful driving after dark—or perhaps give up driving altogether. Although Isaac was blind and deceived by his younger son, God caused this particular blessing to confer prophetic blessings on the descendants of these men that would impact the world all the way down to our time today! The Bible is dotted with examples of the aged—men and women who refused to use “old age” as an excuse. As long as we have breath in our lungs, there is Kingdom work to be done! Veteran pastor Robert Solomon offers a fresh perspective on ageing and hoe you can continue to grow with God into your autumn years. Thanks so much. Never miss a post! 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