Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, January, 2011

posted Feb 25, 2011, 12:34 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Feb 25, 2011, 12:41 PM ]


Growing Older

I own a mug(drinking vessel) which offers several symptoms of aging (supposedly humorous) listed under the heading of “How To Know You’re Getting Older”. This may not be something to raise one’s spirits in the morning as you sit there gazing upon such a cup on the breakfast table in front of you, but these observations may (or may not be) worthwhile pondering for a few moments as another year lies ahead of us.  In any case, they go like this:
  • Your narrow waist and broad mind start to change places.
  • The best part of the day is over when the alarm clock goes off.
  • The candles cost more than the birthday cake.
  • That gleam in your eye is from the sun reflecting off your glasses.
  • You hear snap, crackle and pop and you’re not eating cereal.
  • Someone makes an offer you can’t remember.
  • You can do everything you used to do, but not until tomorrow.
  • Your start arranging rather than combing your hair.
  • A fortune teller offers to read your face.
  • You would fall apart if it weren’t for static cling.
  • You want to see how long your car will last instead of how fast it will go.

There they are; sure you’ll identify with some of these more than others.  Hopefully, no one gets insulted.  Just remember that this is the kind of stereo - typical reference to aging (whether humorous or demeaning, you may decide) that commonly occurs throughout our society.

Le me suggest that aging does not necessarily mean “going downhill”. People age at different rates and in different ways.  Sometimes a 95-year-old is more active, more alert, and has a more youthful outlook that some 65-year-olds.  For example, there was a 95-year-old at a “50 year member recognition service” a few years ago who drove to Leola church that day and was still mowing the yard.   Amazing, perhaps, but with God not much, if anything, is impossible.

By the way, this is basically a repeat from a few years back, but I though perhaps it merited a second hearing.  May God bless you in 2011.  Have a great year!

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries