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Take a moment to listen...

I have always enjoyed working with the elderly. During grade school I was in a group that visited older people in their homes. In high school I worked as a CNA at a local nursing home. I love the stories they share - what a life they have lived and seen so many changes! My parents are in their late 80's and lately life has thrown us a few challenges. I have also been blessed in helping an older couple in our church who do not have children. It has been a joy to get to know them.

It's certainly hard at times and tears have been shed. I told my husband I don't think I want to get old (older). It is not an easy road, and we need to be prepared. Then I stumbled on this... "Growing old can be dangerous. The trail is treacherous and pitfalls are many. One is wise to be prepared. You know it's coming. It's not like God kept it a secret. It's not like you are blazing a trail as you grow older. It's not as if no one has ever done it before. Look around you. You have ample opportunity to prepare and ample case studies to consider. If growing old catches you by surprise, don't blame God. He gave you plenty of warning. He also gave you plenty of advice." – Author Unknown

Your last chapters can be your best. Your final song can be your greatest. It could be that all of your life prepared you for a grand exit.

"Even when you are old, I will be the same. Even when your hair has turned gray, I will take care of you." Isaiah 46:4

What a comfort to know the same God that knit us together in our mother's womb is the same God who will walk with us during our grand exit. I encourage you today to reach out to someone who is older - take a moment to listen to their story and share a smile.

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