NOT QUITE 80, John could have been a poster boy for active older adults. Everyone in his independent living facility admired him. He was strong, intelligent, and full of energy. A retired engineer, he had traveled the world and had a great passion for learning. Then came a stroke. The news sent everyone at the senior residence center into a tizzy. How could this have happened to John? He had done all the right things. He ate healthy food, exercised daily, and followed the doctor’s directions to a tee. He went to Sunday school every week and sometimes even taught the class. Yet, this once-vibrant man now was going through extensive rehabilitation in hopes of regaining his strength and his ability to walk. No doubt John was tempted to wither up and die, but he tackled his therapy with a faith-filled determination. Over time, he emerged from the darkness. Looking back, he recalls the unexpected blessings he found in rehab. He made new friends with patients and therapists. He discovered an artistic gift for painting that he didn’t know he had. Most important, he found that passionate persistence pays off.
“Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.”
— Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)
Don’t Write My Obituary Just Yet: Inspiring Faith Stories for Older Adults (Upper Room Books, 2011)
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Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.’ ”
—Ezekiel 37:4 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, As I advance through the stages of life, help me grow in the wisdom without losing the joy, play, imagination, and childlike trust you gifted me with in my early years. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room or share it in the comment section.
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