In a week's time will be Senior's week in Australia. Various activities are planned to celebrate this time. For 18 years as part of my ministry I was involved with a retirement village and nursing home. From out of that came a devotional book 'Dynamic Ageing' (available in Christian book shops or from me).
The following poem embodies a little of what I learnt.
What do you see,
When you look at me
Confined though I be
Through age and frailty?
Look not on my decrepit form
Pity not my senilityPeer beneath my wrinkled brow
Discover my true identity.
A passer-by sees but ‘the outer’
Unaware of the real ‘inner’.
Hidden within are many stories
Of love, loss, faith and glory
Friendships, family, my history
All which moulded me
Though they, you will not see,
Made me, me!
To see only my frailty
Cheapens my humanity.
Come, let me share my history,Listen as I share my journey,
Those difficult turbulent years
Of upheaval, triumph, joys, tears
Forgotten now in easier years.
We had community, we belonged
Life was tough, friendships strong,
Things for which I do so long.
Now our importunity
Is your opportunity
To give us dignity
By compassion’s sincerity
You, like I, must walk from youth to age
Face it with faith in the God who cares.
Through His word, in times of despair
Find wisdom and hope for you to endure
And His grace to help you, to Him, be true.
Then, when our life’s race and battles end
We’ll be received by our Lord as His friend.
Copyright Ray Hawkins October 2017.
Ray is author of 8 themed devotionals. His latest 'The Warrior Lord's Triumph has just been released.
Blog site. http://rayhawkinsauthor.blodspot.com.au