The Bible has quite a bit to say about old people, and like every other Bible subject, we would do well to listen to what it says about this subject.
Adam, the first man on earth, lived to the ripe old age of 930 (Genesis 5:5). Methuselah lived to be 969 years old, the oldest person named in the Bible (Genesis 5:27). Abraham, who became the ancestral head of the Hebrews/Israelites/Jews, was 75 years old when God called him to leave his native land and migrate to the land of Canaan (Genesis 12:1-4). He was 100 years old when his first child, Isaac, was born, and his wife Sarah was 90 years old (Genesis 17:17). From Isaac’s son Jacob the great nation of Israel arose. Continue reading
“As for me, I will hope continuously and will praise you more and more.”
Psalm 71.14 ISV
This verse is the center of the psalm. The author is an old man, but he maintains hope that God will still help against his enemies. His experiences lead him to the Lord.
God is for every stage of life. The longer we live, the more his life should occupy our hearts. Rather than become jaded, God’s power moves us to speak to those who are younger, v. 18.
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GROWING OLD GRACEFULLY
Someone has said that we cannot hold back the hands of the clock or the pages of the calendar. Each year that we live we come closer to the end of life’s journey. How shall we grow old? With anger and resentment toward the inevitable changes that aging brings, or with grace and gratitude? Will we become cranky and crotchety old people, making ourselves and all of those around us miserable, or will we allow our faith in God to have its crowning glory by the poise and assurance with which we come to the closing days of our earthly life? Continue reading
AND THEN IT IS WINTER
Three days ago I celebrated another birthday—number 77. I have passed the proverbial threescore and ten years and am approaching the added ten that come by reason of strength (Psalm 90:10). I do not know if I have entered the “winter” of life, but if I have I hope it is still early winter. I do not feel “old” (though admittedly there are some days when I feel older than I do on other days!) My doctor continues to give me a clean bill of health every year during my physical check up. I am on no prescription meds of any kind, and have never spent but one night in the hospital in my entire life. (No, I was not born in a hospital, but neither was I born in a log cabin!)
I do not know the author of the following essay, but it speaks to all regardless of our age. I commend it to all of my readers for this, the last “News & Views” of 2014. Read it slowly and reflectively. Continue reading
People say that we are only as young as we feel. But in Kenya that may be more than a saying. A Kenya government official has proposed changing the legal definition of youth to anyone aged from 15 to 50, twenty years above the current ceiling of 30 years old. The trouble is sometimes I feel like 30 and other times I feel like 130. The fact of the matter is no matter how you define it or what you call it, we all are getting older. Every day we draw a little closer to that long day that knows no end. The most important question then will be, “do you know the Lord?” This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess