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.

28 Days of Prayer: Aging Faithfully

28 Days of Prayer

Missy Buchanan • July 2011

BUY Print $7.99

BUY eBook (Available in ePub or Kindle) $5.99

Aging is part of God's plan, says author Missy Buchanan—and it's a gift, not punishment.

Buchanan reminds us that aging is a matter of perspective—if we fix our eyes on negative images of growing old, we will miss the treasures right before us. But when we focus on God, we will discover an abiding joy that comes only with a long life.

Aging Faithfully is divided into four weekly themes:

  • Accepting the Challenges of Aging
  • Finding God's Purpose in Aging
  • Overcoming the Temptations of Aging
  • Discovering the Joys of Aging

Each week contains daily Bible-based readings, scripture, prayers, and suggestions for practical application or deeper thought. At the back of the book you'll find reflection questions that can be used for group discussion or further individual exploration.

Let each day's reading wash over you. Prepare your heart to discover what it means to age joyfully—and faithfully.

A great resource for Sunday school classes and small groups! Also makes a great gift for homebound persons.

Categories: Older Adults, Prayer, Series
An advocate for older adults, Missy Buchanan is an internationally recognized author and speaker on issues of aging faithfully, drawing from her personal experience as a caregiver for her own aging parents. She has appeared twice on Good Morning America with coanchor Robin Roberts, who describes Missy as “the rare soul that understands, truly understands, older adults: their fears, struggles, and hopes.” With thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook, Missy provides daily insight and encouragement for the journey of aging. Her first book, Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body, remains a top seller in addition to seven other titles that are often found on bedside tables in senior living communities and in church libraries. Her newest book, Beach Calling: A Devotional Journal for the Middle Years and Beyond, will release in summer 2019. Missy has been a speaker at hundreds of churches, senior living communities, and aging conferences including the National Boomer Ministry Conference, the Festival of Wisdom and Grace, and the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network National Conference. She has delivered messages about caregiving and faithful aging to churches of many denominations, including the largest United Methodist Church in the United States—Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. She has also been a featured speaker aboard cruises for Educational Opportunities Tours. A resident of Rockwall, Texas, Missy enjoys regular visits to senior living communities in her area to see her older adult friends, being a greeter at her local church, and basking in her favorite role of all: grandmother.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1063-0

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1071-5

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1151-4

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: July 2011

Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.25 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 72

BISAC Categories: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Life Stages / Later Years

BISAC1: FAM005000

BISAC2: REL012070


Early in life my mom taught me how my faith would always comfort me. Now later in life her strong faith is a shining example of what it truly means to age faithfully. Missy has once again beautifully captured the joy and challenges of aging. Missy, I will forever be touched by your friendship with my mom. Your words bring her as much comfort as her faith.
—Robin Roberts, coanchor, *Good Morning America**

*Aging Faithfullly: 28 Days of Prayer** fills a much-needed void, as there are not many realistic, heartfelt, and life-applicable devotions available for older adults. The devotions and prayers give special attention to the different facets of aging, but most important, they always remind the reader of the relationship God continues to have with them. This book is a perfect resource for individuals or groups and is sure to make an impact in the lives of older adults.

—Rev. Renée Kowlessar Chaplain, The Commons on Marice, Eagan, Minnesota

In *Aging Faithfully,** Missy Buchanan presents in simple, straightforward fashion the combining of scripture, prayer, and action steps. In setting up the day’s spiritual launch she reminds the reader that aging offers many yet-to-be discovered treasures.
—Ward Tanneberg President/Executive Director The CASA Network

In a culture that glorifies youth, *Aging Faithfully** speaks directly to the issues many older adults are facing.Without denying the realities of aging, Missy Buchanan encourages older adults to live every day to the fullest. Well-written and biblically based, *Aging Faithfully** offers hope, inspiration, and sometimes a necessary challenge to those in their later years. This is more than just a book to passively read. Missy fully engages the reader by offering scriptures for meditation, daily prayers, and practical suggestions to implement. I highly recommend this book.
—Dr. Amy Hanson, older adult ministry specialist Author of *Baby Boomers and Beyond: Tapping the Ministry Talents and Passions of Adults over 50**, www.amyhanson.org