March 2, 2005


Old People

Romans 8:9-17 (NRSV)
But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh -- for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ -- if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

The LORD says, "Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you."
-Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)

MY mother gave me some old family pictures that I could copy for our children. There are pictures of my grandmother's grandparents, aunts, and uncles. When I was a child, I thought a couple of my aunts were really old. Now that I am on the far side of 60, I realize how wrong I was when I looked at these family pictures. The people in them looked very young, as my parents do in the photo from their 25th wedding anniversary celebration. Another misconception about aging I had was that seniors slow in their walking were also old-fashioned in their thinking.

Now I am one of the "old people" to children. Recently a first-grader at a school where I volunteer said, "You are really old." I don't feel that way. My mind still seeks to embrace new learning, although my body is reluctant to move as swiftly as it once did. Regardless of our age, we are all children in God's sight. What a wonderful concept to consider! I am a beloved child of God. I can depend on God to meet my needs and curl up at rest in God's loving arms, no matter what my age.
V. Louise Cunningham (Washington, U.S.A.)

God of all ages, help us to remain open to the new things you want to do in our lives, no matter what age we are. Amen.
Heh, I bet this is a devotional Kidan likes to hear :p :p

lol, Just teasing buddy