An acquaintance sternly rebuked me when I mentioned that I’d met with some old friends. “You can’t use the word ‘old.’ It is offensive. You must say ‘long-time’ friends.” She insisted.
WHAT? The word old is now offensive, insulting, upsetting and irritating?
We used to fear death and now apparently we fear old age! We might as well get over that. Both will come to all of us.
Of course Christ took away our fear of death when he died on the cross.
We are people of flesh and blood. That is why Jesus became one of us. He died to destroy the devil, who had power over death. But he also died to rescue all of us who live each day in fear of dying. (Hebrews 2:14-15, CEV).
And verses like this should do the same with any fears of old age
I will still be the same when you are old and gray, and I will take care of you. I created you. I will carry you and always keep you safe. (Isaiah 46:4, CEV)
Prayer – Lord we are grateful for every day you give us here on earth… and even more so for your promises about death. Amen