10 Gospel Promises for Later Life
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With the gift of longer life comes pain. Many older adults experience an emotional and spiritual crisis as they face their later years. Each chapter of 10 Gospel Promises for Later Life addresses a fear about aging and faith and gives an example of its negative effect on a person's daily life. Next you'll find a response, the promise of the gospel, the assurance of God's constant love that offers hope in all circumstances.Thibaut helps readers identify their own fears (or the fear of a loved one) about aging, and learn how to make the most of God's gift of longer life. Questions for personal reflection or group discussion are included at the end of each chapter, making it an ideal book for individuals or classes.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 141
Vendor: Upper Room
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0835898016
ISBN-13: 9780835898010

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“May you live to be 120!” This old Jewish birthday blessing leads to a question Jane Marie Thibault regularly asks attendees at her workshops and retreats: Would you accept the gift of 120 years with joy and gratefulness, or would your response depend on your circumstances?

As Thibault is now an older adult herself and has been working with older adults as a clinical gerontologist for nearly 30 years, she has been confronted by the challenge many older adults face in relating to the message of the Gospel in this later season of life.

The material for 10 Gospel Promises for Later Life emerged as Thibault began to explore questions spawned by this blessing and compiled a list of ten challenges aging presents and the fears that accompany these challenges: fear of being left alone at the end of life, fear of not being good enough to go to heaven, fear of being a burden to others, fear that there’s nothing to live for now that the best years are over, difficulty believing in an afterlife, regretting missed opportunities to use talents, fear that it’s too late to fix relationships, feeling unneeded, wishing life had been different, and fear of extended suffering.

            Thibault then took these fears to the Gospel in a spirit of prayer and meditation. As she read she asked whether the Gospel speaks to the fears of aging, whether there is any good news in the “Good News” for older adults, and whether aging as a Christian is different from aging in secular society. The message she found is that Jesus offers the promise of abundant life to the older adult. Some of the Gospel promises that emerged were:

·        We are the beloved children of God the good parent.

·        We have a mission and purpose that is lifelong.

·        As spiritual siblings, we are interdependent upon each other for mutual care and assistance.

·        Powerlessness is powerful.

·        All that is, is gift, and God will continue to provide for us. 

·        Forgiveness is offered to us, but it must be shared.

·        Suffering can have meaning for ourselves and others.

·        Renewal is necessary for life; it is never too late to grow in wisdom and grace.

·        Death is not the end of life.

·        We will never be left alone; Christ is with us always.

            In each chapter Thibault addresses a particular fear, giving an example of how it has affected the daily life of a person in a negative way. She then presents a response, a promise of the Gospel. After examining the promise and discussing how it provides a message of hope in later life, she provides questions for personal reflection and group discussion.

            10 Gospel Promises for Later Life is an excellent resource for older and middle-aged adults and for those who care for them. The structure is well-designed for small group or Sunday school class study.

Author Bio

Jane Marie Thibault is an assistant professor of family medicine at the U. of Louisville, in KY.

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