Doesn't matter how great you look, how much money you have, how much you've done with your time, the aging process is sometimes terrifying. Along with advancing age is the growing concern for your health and the impending certainty of death. I never thought either of those things were issues for me. But watching my son be a grown, mature man who is now building his own family, I realized that I'm not 21 any longer. I'm growing older. I have a grandchild on the way. And then, those thoughts gave rise to many other thoughts, most of them unpleasant. I had to pray my way back.
It is my faith that alleviates my fears of aging. Through faith, I realize that aging doesn't have to hurt, doesn't have to include sickness and more diseases, doesn't have to include boxes of medications and nursing homes. But what you fear, you focus on and then it seems bigger than it is. Though many elderly fight through the aforementioned things, there are many who do not. There are many who live productive lives until their deaths which do not always include pain and suffering. Also, many young people suffer disease and are cut off in their youth. And the faith of God showed me that I've already fought my most feared battle and won. I was already sick, bedridden, broke and facing death. It wasn't youth that saved me then. It was God!
My prayer is that you will not fear the passage of time. It is a blessing to see time move and progress happen. And even if your outer body faces decay, you are much more than an outer body. Your inner spirit can soar and you can experience joy, peace and prosperity all the days of your life, young and old. It has never been youth that gave us anything. It has always been that inner strength and that doesn't age.
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