August 10, 2020

mondays and old age                Psalm 92:12-14

Silly me!  I thought "old age" was a lot older than me.  But the numbers don't lie; I'm officially old.  Are you with me there?  Just ask your doctor.  Anyone born before 1960(!!) is "officially" considered   old.  In general, most people today consider old to be 70-73.  Our society, however, does not seem to respect us old people.  Our society worships youth.  Our society insists we look "young" even when we aren't. It is almost as if our not talking about the "o" word, makes it go away.  In contrast however, Our Bibles celebrate old age.  God was fond of calling old people, I mean really old people, to lead.  In contrast to today's values, God called older people because of their maturity and wisdom.  When I read the Word, I believe He is still fond of using us aging people.  

But the godly (you and I) will flourish like palm trees

and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.

For they are transplanted to the Lord's own house. 

They flourish in the courts of our God.

Even in old age they will still produce fruit;

they will remain vital and green.  Psalm 92: 12-14

God says:

--We oldies can produce and share the fruit of wisdom gained from years of walking with the Lord and being in the Word.  

--We have had to learn patience and perseverance to make it this far and so we know how to not fall apart in the hard times.  

--We can bear the fruit of loving unconditionally because we have learned how important it is to love and encourage others.  

--We are the history for our families and our churches and can be the foundation that the younger ones can build on. 

--We flourished in God's house throughout the years and we can remain a vital part and essential strength that comes from wisdom gained over the years of experience.

For me, this next verse describes perhaps the most important task for us oldies:

Even when I am old and gray,

do not forsake me , my God

till I declare your power to the next generation, 

your mighty acts to all who are to come.  Psalm 71: 18

God doesn't have a retirement plan so let's be open to using all the wisdom and skills we have learned over the years and  share them.

seeking with you to be part of God's oldie team in action and loving to tell the story, susie

I love to tell the story of unseen things above

Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love,

I love to tell the story because I know it's true;

It satisfies my longings as nothing else can do

I love to tell the story,

Twill be my theme in glory,

to tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.    Methodist Hymnal pg 157 Watts and Hatton