Hope I die before I get old

In a dog-eat-dog world, the older dogs get pushed around and shoved to the back of the line. Who wants to be old? One of my favorite TV channels plays a lot of old reruns, and almost all the commercials are geared to older people. There clearly is a market for their stuff. But honestly, who wants to be a person who needs those products? Who aspires to the world of step-in bathtubs, catheters, walkers, funeral insurance, and chair hoists built into your staircase?

It should not surprise you that the ways of God’s kingdom are opposite to those of our culture. God invites us to see seniors as he does: repositories of great life wisdom. They are overcomers; they have been through fire and testing and emerged humbler, kinder, and wiser. They have lived long enough to see their prayers answered; they have lived long enough to notice with appreciation and serenity the handiwork of the Master Weaver in their long past.

Blessed is the family who looks up to and cherishes its grandparents and great-grandparents. Blessed is the congregation that cherishes the counsel and respects the legacy of its elders.

Ladies, when you decide to quit coloring your hair, do it with pride and self-confidence. Here’s what God thinks of your silver mane: “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life” (Proverbs 16:31).

Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.


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