But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. (John 1:13 NRSV)
Sue Kidd wrote that "Last year I sat beneath a funeral awning in the warm Georgia sun and watched as my grandmother was buried. While the minister spoke, I remembered the last time I saw her. She held my seven-year-old daughter in her lap, and as Ann moved her finger along the folds of Grandma's face, Grandma said,`Those are my wrinkles. They mean I'm getting very old.'"

"Later Ann asked me if wrinkles hurt. But it seemed to me she was really asking about what it means to grow old."

What does it mean to grow old? Every person born has to come to grips with this question. Does it hurt? Is it fun? Is it humiliating? Should we gracefully bear up under it, or is it the best part of life? Should we look forward to it or should we dread it? Must we apologize for it or can we brag about it? Are you proud of your age, or do you keep it a secret?

Remember how old Zechariah & Elizabeth when they had their first child John the Baptist. God blesses us in every stage of life!

Dear God of all ages, help me to feel the blessings of my age and help me to see the blessings you have given to others. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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