The senior season

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There are companies that specialize in helping senior citizens to move their possessions into retirement communities, and downsizing one’s life can be a challenging process. Others resume their residences and summon helpers in order to maintain a quality of life, while sometimes struggling to carry out the simplest of tasks. Seniors start a new chapter, not closing the book but turning the page. Chapters end, seasons end, and new ones begin. Seasons in life change.

And just as seasons or stages in life change, the climate of the current world has also changed. We regret the world’s condition — a decaying society, peculiar customs, so much different than when our elders were youngins.

Indeed, wrinkles and gray are synonymous with wisdom, longevity and honorable retirement. The aged highlight the population and are examples of fortitude that have stood the test of time. They are treasures in earthen vessels (2 Corinthians 4:7). It has been stated that seniors have carried their own water and know the value of every drop. Now, they just need someone to bring the water to them.

Those of advanced years might offer these words of wisdom: Put God back in everything that y’all took Him out of, especially our schools and government.

PRAYER: Lord, as we ponder the changing beauty of the meteorological calendar of seasons, we support seniors in their season. They have paid their dues, so we say thanks, we give back, and we make their life easier. They have touched our lives with wisdom and love, sacrificed for us, prayed over us, and believed in us enough to chastise us. As they may endure physical anguish in walking, give them a closer walk with Thee. For those who may experience bitter afflictions and limited resources, please revive them. We do not forsake them in their old age and nor cast them away (Psalms 71:9). We pray that their hope remains in You. Lord, help them to celebrate their senior season and proclaim Your power to all generations.

In Christ’s name and for His sake, Amen.

Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at newkirkdella@gmail.com.

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