5 Stars Out Of 5
Scripture Acknowledges and Honors Those Aging
August 14, 2015
I am old enough to remember days of the buying catalogs and the baby days of television. It was a time when American's greyed and were proud of it. Today, we have so exalted youth that you rather see TV commercials, marketing tools that truly acknowledge the aging. Except for denture cream commercials, a number of pain marketing ads (the ridiculous over flooding of them) and the many devices "help! I've fallen", getting old is rarely seen for the positive it is ---even within evangelicalism! For many of us who are "the aged" and still on the planet (the war babies and baby boomers), we've some how convinced ourselves we have to act younger, look younger and compete with the younger! We've forgotten we have much to teach and hopefully wisdom dispense even in worn out painful bodies.
This book "Talking With God In Old Age" and the companion one "Living With Purpose In A Worn-out Body" are just the ticket to remind us of one of the greatest purposes of aging: it brings us full circle back to dependency on God and others ----to our frail humanity and causes those who know Jesus , to avail ourselves of his grace and power; to be totally dependent upon our God and to rest contentedly in His will for this final season. This book is not depressing, it is realistic! It is about the rare heard or wanted "first-hand" experiences of aging people; and the generations after the war and boomer generations need reminding that old age is coming to every one if they live long enough to get there.
Frankly, the fact that these elderly nursing home residence know they can speak with the Lord who made them about their weaknesses, pain, lost dreams, and feelings is encouraging --from beginning to end. I love the openness of their inner reflections. And you tell me, if you're in a nursing home: Aren't you so glad somebody going through this season "comforts you with the same comfort that He comforts them"? And to triumph through these reflections by making sure you get that comfort directly from the Lord's pen at their end --aren't you comforted?
My prayer is that we don't throw away their insights, their transparency as good old fashion common sense calls for us to "listen up". And a caveat: Somebody in your family, in your circle needs these meditations. Why not purchase one of two of this book and its companion for them? And go one step further, read it aloud to them. What a ministry!!! And remember this: " He remembers we are dust", that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" in His sight, and "everyday of our lives were knowns to Him even before there was even one of them". To live aging in a world that casts you off and ignores you is its loss but aging is God's gift. (Ephesians 6:1-3; Psalm 1:1-3; 71:9; 92:14; Isaiah 46:4) The Lord is listening to the groans of the aged and frankly, I am too! I figure I still have much to learn as a mid-sixties baby boomer. I can't wait to get to seventy! And I'm glad Missy Buchannan has given these precious people a voice into our world.