The best approach in offering help to older people is to determine whether the older person needs and wants our help or whether they can rely on their own strengths and abilities. We need to avoid giving unasked-for help or advice and trying to change people and instead trust the path God has chosen for them. We need to simply be with older people, accepting them with their frailties, and be available when they ask for our help.
—Richard L. Morgan, Light of Setting Suns: Reflecting on Realities and Mysteries at Ninety Years of Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
—Ephesians 4:32, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Lord of all ages, I feel blessed that you have given me these
bonus years. Help me to live each day as if it were my last,
redeeming whatever time remains. Amen.
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Find out how author Richard L. Morgan has stayed resilient into his 90s despite the many losses that accompany later life. Read more about him here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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