Voices of the Aging Parent
It’s easy to get stuck in a muddy rut on Memory Lane.
I intend to go for just a short drive but end up lost
in the Good Ol’ Days.
Just a glance at an old photo lures me to a time when life seemed
I had more energy and fewer aches and pains.
Life was less complicated and more inviting.
Back in the Good Ol’ Days, I felt vibrant, purposeful, needed,
But, Lord, I don’t want to be that person who lives in the past,
who refuses to budge from how it’s always been.
When I feel nostalgiac for life as it once was, steer me
back to the present.
Show me how to visit those long-ago days without getting
lost in time.
If I spend too much time reliving the yesterdays of my life,
I will miss the blessings you give me today.
On this day I will cling to the promise that you will indeed do
something new—something unexpected—in my life
On those days when I glance in the rearview mirror, let me see
the long road of your faithfulness in my life.
Voices of Aging: Adult Children and Aging Parents Talk with God
From page 33 of Voices of Aging: Adult Children and Aging Parents Talk with God by Missy Buchanan. Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
What tempts you to dwell too long in the past? Share your thoughts.
Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
—Isaiah 43:18-19, NRSV
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