Aging comes whether I notice it or not. It doesn’t stop to ask for permission. It cannot be turned off like a faucet. Like the waves, it comes continuously and steadily, just as God designed it. Why, then, do I try to stop aging as though it’s a disease from which I need a cure? The rhythm of aging is like the ebb and flow of the sea. In aging, as in life, I’ve experienced undeniable loss and unimaginable blessing; I have felt sorrow and immense joy. The beach calls me to a life of promise. Just as the tide of aging persists, so does the faithfulness of my steadfast God.
—Missy Buchanan, Beach Calling: A Devotional Journal for the Middle Years and Beyond (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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Even to your old age and gray hairs…I am he who will sustain you.
—Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Like the waves of the ocean rolling onto the sand, may God’s glorious grace, rush into my heart and soul, again and again.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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