Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Senior Citizenship

Today my husband turns 65---that magical age when you officially become a "senior citizen" (does that mean prior to 65, you are a "junior" citizen?) What exactly does "senior" mean? In high school, being a "senior" means the last year of classes before graduation. In life, being a senior is having reached your peak and heading on the downhill side of life as we know it here on earth. In young adults' eyes, you are an "elder." In children's eyes, you are old! In the government's eyes, you are eligible for social security. At restaurants, you are granted a discount for the food you eat. Gray hair and achy muscles and slowness of driving and walking qualifies you as a senior in most people's eyes, as well. You can usually sleep in the afternoon as long as you want and no one objects. You can fall asleep in church and no one notices.

Getting older is inevitable. We cannot escape advancing years. The wrinkles will arrive sooner or later! How good it is to be reminded in God's word that outwardly we are fading away, but our inward man is renewed day by day (II Cor. 4:16) Old age is proof that we have stood the test of time and endured the years that God has allowed us on this earth. It is good for us to be reminded of our youth and the lessons we learned along life's pathway. We should be wiser, more mellow, have a sweeter spirit, and face our tomorrows with hope and confidence and a deeper joy.

Aging is a blessing from God. Each day is another day to praise Him and love others. So happy birthday, Dick! Welcome to the wonderful world of senior citizenship and may God bless your remaining years as you serve Him!

I love you!


Blogger Rich said...

Happy birthday Dad! You're now officially qualified to have "senior" moments now!

9:06 PM  

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