In Honor of Those in "Vintage Years"

“I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go. Jesus said this to let him (Peter) know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.” John 21:18-19

As I age and as my loved ones age I realize some of the toughest passages to climb come near to the summit. It’s later in life that we deal with our bodies breaking down. We lose more friends and relatives to death. Our independence is given up little by little – as we must become more dependent on others.

But to the one who has placed their trust and faith in Christ and has determined to follow Him, the journey also becomes sweeter.

Some of my loved ones up in years are at the “Vintage” time in life. Life has mellowed and sweetened them. There is incredible wisdom and depth to their counsel. The wrestling with ego has been set aside and they are able to revel in the building up of others.

At the edge of eternity the important things in life have come into sharp focus. They know what is important and what is not.

There is generosity, good humor, perspective and loving admonition if we are willing to listen.

Most of the greatest heroes of my life are up in years. They deserve such honor. Thank you Lord for the years you have given them – and the treasure that is ours by spending time with them. Amen.

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