Old Age Check List

  • In old age, your body no longer serves you so well. Check.
  • Muscles slacken, grip weakens, joints stiffen. Check.
  • The shades are pulled down on the world.  Check.
  • You can’t come and go at will. Check.
  • Things grind to a halt. Check.
  • The hum of the household fades away. Check.
  • You are wakened now by bird-song. Check.
  • Hikes to the mountains are a thing of the past. Check.
  • Even a stroll down the road has its terrors. Check.
  • Your hair turns apple-blossom white. Check.
  • Adorns a fragile and impotent matchstick body. Check.
  • Yes, you’re well on your way to eternal rest. Check.
  • While your friends make plans for your funeral. Check. (From Ecclesiastes 12:3-5, MSG)

But on the other hand…

My yearning desire is to depart (to be free of this world, to set forth) and be with Christ, for that is far, far better; but to remain in my body is more needful and essential for your sake. (Philippians 1:23-24, AMP)

Prayer – Lord, give us the courage to remain, no matter our personal conditions, so that we can help others. Amen.

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