As an older adult, you have a frame of reference for grief and loss that is different from that of your younger counterparts. Aside from mourning the death of friends and family, you also are grieving the person you once were. … Take time today to sit with your feelings of loss. Let your mind explore things you are mourning in this season of life. As with laments, it is important to acknowledge those losses. Be honest. Whatever you are grieving, God invites you to pour out your feelings before God.
—Missy Buchanan, From Dry Bones to Living Hope: Embracing God’s Faithfulness in Late Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)
Part of your role as a faithful elder is to help younger generations better understand grief and loss in old age so they can learn to respond with compassion and understanding. With whom could you share your experiences of grief as one way to help younger generations better prepare for their own journey? Join the conversation.
Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;
my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
my soul and body with grief.
—Psalm 31:9, NIV
Prayer for the Week
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.*
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*Prayer attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr
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