New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

10 Gospel Promises for Later Life

Jane Marie Thibault • November 2004

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Is there any good news in the "Good News" for older adults?

We're living longer. In fact, people 85 and older are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. Life expectancy is increasing in all developed countries in the world.

With the gift of longer life, though, comes pain. The worst physical ailments and frailties may seem inconsequential when compared to the feelings of emotional and spiritual abandonment that many elders report today:

  • "I can't relate to Jesus' message any longer. The gospel calls for action. I can't do what Christ wants me to do, and I feel guilty."
  • "The Old Testament comforts me more than the New Testament. These writings relate to my situation more since I'm old, flat on my back, and utterly dependent on others."
  • "The church has no place for old people."
  • "I feel that I have outgrown Jesus —he's for beginners in the spiritual life."

Out of Thibault's reflection on the relevance of the gospel to later life comes hope.

"While secular society offers long-term care insurance, Jesus offers the promise of abundant life in the here and now as well in heaven," Thibault says.

Each chapter of 10 Gospel Promises for Later Life addresses a fear about aging and faith and gives an example of its negative effect on a person's daily life. Next you'll find a response, the promise of the gospel, the assurance of God's constant love that offers hope in all circumstances.

Identify your own fears (or the fears of a loved one) about aging, and learn from Thibault's sensitive study how to make the most of God's gift of longer life.

Questions for personal reflection or group discussion are included at the end of each chapter, making it an ideal book for individuals or classes.

Categories: Older Adults
Jane Marie Thibault, clinical professor emerita at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, lives in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the author of 10 Gospel Promises for Later Life and A Deepening Love Affair: The Gift of God in Later Life. Thibault is coauthor (with Richard Morgan) of No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for Persons with Dementia.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-9801-0

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1641-0

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1642-7

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: November 2004

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x 0.304 in (d)

Page Count: 144

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Personal Growth

BISAC1: REL012070

BISAC2: REL012120

BISAC3: REL012080

"What a joy to read Jane Thibault's latest book! Thibault's 30 years of conversation as a clinical gerontologist allow her to relate Jesus' teachings to the major challenges and fears of older persons. As a 're-fired' person, this book addresses my major issues of later life in an unforgettable way."
— Dr. Richard L. Morgan Author, Remembering Your Story

"Jane Thibault is a woman immersed in Jesus, who has been a consoling presence to monks in their later years. Her book is marvelous for seniors interested in deepening their spiritual life. It is a work designed for those who seek strength during their years of decline as well as those who have been tested with a sense of their mortality."
— Fr. Damien Thompson Abbot of Gesthsemani