Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, even when you turn gray I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save. (Isaiah 46:3-4 NRSV)

DO WRINKLES HURT?"

"Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life,
For which the first was made;
Our times are in His hand
Who saith,`A whole I planned,
Youth show but half; trust God:
See all nor be afraid!'"

By Robert Browning

"My days are in the yellow leaf;
The flowers and fruits of love are gone;
The worm, the canker, and the grief,
Are mine alone!"

By Lord Byron

These two writers certainly represent the predominant ways of approaching the fact that every day in every way we are growing older. There are only three experiences that are shared by every human being on the face of this earth: birth, aging and death. These are universal experiences that we all have in common. It would be impossible to write a devotion that would prepare us for our birth, and on a number of occasions I have written about how to handle our death. So, today I ask how are you aging?


God of peace, help me age with your love and grace. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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