In the 1980s, the Swedish gerontologist Lars Tornstam developed a theory of aging called gerotranscendence. In a study that took more than twenty years, Tornstam interviewed many older people in Sweden, ages sixty-five through 104. He found that many of these older people had not succumbed to a negative view of aging. …
Tornstam found that many of the older people … were less self-occupied, while also being more selective about their social activities, and they felt they needed only a few friends…. Those who were gerotranscendent believed in a mystery about the universe, and even death had a different meaning for them.
—Richard L. Morgan, Light of Setting Suns: Reflecting on Realities and Mysteries at Ninety Years of Life (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, …
They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,
—Psalm 92:12, 14 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord of love, grant me courage to accept my trials, learn to
endure them with patience, and realize that such courage
and faith create character. Amen.
Prayer by Richard L. Morgan
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What does it mean to live a contemplative life? In Everyday Contemplative, Roger Owens challenges readers to expand their definition of contemplative living to encompass all ways of seeking to be more open, available, and responsive to God. Learn more here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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