“Aging with Grace…”

I’m not an aging gracefully type. But I do believe in aging with grace. Danielle Steel

Meditation: Our American society is obsessed with “aging gracefully”. Millions of dollars are being spent on looking younger. Sometimes all an aging person does is being obsessed about what others might think of his or her appearance. Surgeries are being chosen to pretend that aging is not happening. At the same time harsh self-judgment and fear of gossip are wounding realities for many, especially women. The thought of “aging with grace” can free us from this societal “dis-ease”. As we lean into God’s grace, we accept our wrinkles and our aging bodies and learn to love them. We allow ourselves to slow down. We do not try to prove anything to anybody. We are free from societal pressure. Grace is the most counter cultural blessing of all!

Prayer: God of ages, we thank you for your grace. We thank you for the freedom to age without shame and without the pressure of having to stay young at all cost. Free us from the struggle to pretend that we are not aging. Help us to be kind to our aging bodies. Teach us to listen to our bodies’ needs and to You, instead of listening to those who judge us or who gossip. You help us make peace with the later years of our life. And we are grateful. Amen

And I will still be carrying you when you are old. Your hair will turn gray, and I will still carry you. I made you, and I will carry you to safety. Isaiah 46:4