Monday, November 22, 2010

The Challenge of Aging

Waiting patiently in expectation does not necessarily get easier as we become older. On the contrary, as we grow in age we are tempted to settle down in a routine way of living and say: "Well, I have seen it all. ... There is nothing new under the sun. ... I am just going to take it easy and take the days as they come." But in this way our lives lose their creative tension. We no longer expect something really new to happen. We become cynical or self-satisfied or simply bored. 

The challenge of aging is waiting with an ever-greater patience and an ever- stronger expectation. It is living with an eager hope. It is trusting that through Christ "we have been admitted into God's favour ... and look forward exultantly to God's glory" (Romans 5:2)

Henri Nouwen 

1 comment:

  1. Pastor, I love the title and theme of your site, you are truly celebrating the second half and I applaud you.

    The picture in this post, brings to mind these lovely verses in the Bible which I have written on the inside cover of my pocket Bible.

    Job 33:25: His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth (KJV).

    Psalm 92:14 - They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing (KJV)

    Thank you for your words of encouragement.
    God Bless you more.