The Gift of being OLD!!

29 Aug

Many times in the last few months I have told folks what a gift it is to be old.  Perhaps you don’t see this since youth and beauty and unbounded energy is all that is advertised, but, the gift of being old is knowing what you like and what clothes work for you, and how stupid it is to be really concerned about what others think of you.  It is great to be old.  To survive life and find joy along the journey.  This is how Eugene Peterson paraphrases it.

I have always love Romans 5:1-5 and now even more.  Paul is talking about the realization of God’s grace in our lives and how that can cause us to rejoice in good times and even grow through the tough times.

1-2 By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.

3-5 There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

Imagine that our cultures obsession with containers (OK, my obsession with containers) is just to hold everything God has generously poured into our lives.   That would be a great idea to put into our heads.

I will be honest that sometimes my head goes to the ‘dark side’, thoughts of what used to be and isn’t anymore, thoughts of what will be, wondering about decisions made.  It is an effort and a wonderful thing to put my head and heart in the presence moment where my body is.  To seek the Divine Presence and remember that even with all my containers, I do not have enough to hold all that God has given to me.

My sweet church on the mountain has a hymnal that is not United Methodist.  It has taken me awhile to get the hang of it, but the other morning during a Congregational Choice Hymn I found that, “Count Your Blessings” is in their hymnal.  So, count your many blessings, count them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done.

It is a get way to fill your head.  Paul knew about trials and hardship, I know about them too.  And, like Paul, I am convinced it the way forward is through, with the Divine Presence our constant companion and guide.  Peace,



One Response to “The Gift of being OLD!!”

  1. Phyllis Terwilliger August 29, 2015 at 11:00 pm #


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