AGING CAN BRING both physical and emotional isolation as one grieves a variety of losses. Sometimes elders feel alone and disconnected from God’s abiding presence. The spiritual disciplines allow elders to grow near to God, to one another, and to themselves. …
Active, able elders need to have a sense of purpose. Elders with physical and cognitive limitations also need a reason for living and loving. People in their later years often ask the question What use am I? In God we have a purpose. Christians are called to “love the Lord with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27). This call never ceases; it represents a lifetime of living in God.
– Dwight H. Judy
From page 77 of A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life by Dwight H. Judy. Copyright © 2013 by Dwight H. Judy. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Which spiritual disciplines are helping you grow in love of God and neighbor? Share your thoughts.
You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:1-2, NRSV
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