Deal With Your Fear of Aging
By Rev. A. Stephen Pieters (also posted on The Body)
Remember that David died “at a good old age.”
“He died at a good old age, having enjoyed a full life, wealth, and honor; and his son Solomon followed him as king.” -1 Chronicles 29:28
In old age, the righteous still produce fruit.
“They will bear fruit even when old and gray; they will remain lush and fresh 15 in order to proclaim: “The Lord is righteous. He’s my rock. There’s nothing unrighteous in him.” -Psalm 92:14-15
Even to your old age I will carry you.
“Listen to me, house of Jacob, all that remains from the house of Israel who have been borne by me since pregnancy, whom I carried from the womb until you grow old. I am the one, and until you turn gray I will support you. I have done it, and I will continue to bear it; I will support and I will rescue.” -Isaiah 46:4
In Biblical times, heroes like David were said to die "in a good old age". This was a sign of their heroic status. People respected those who had lived many years.
Today, in some cultures great value is put on youth, to the detriment of older people. A number of people fear growing old, because of what it can imply: losing some of our physical abilities, or our youthful attractiveness, for example.
But consider the alternative. There are countless numbers who would have given anything to grow old, but they died before combination treatments made HIV more manageable. You have the chance to see what's around the corner yet.
Get to know some older people. Find out how much there is to love and respect in them. Learn to see the beauty in wrinkles or white hair! Make friends with seniors. Find out for yourself what the positive sides of growing old can be. Consider it an investment in your own senior years.
About the MCC Church
Founded in 1968, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economics, climate change, aging, and global human rights. MCC was the first to perform same gender marriages and has been on the forefront of the struggle towards marriage equality in the USA and other countries worldwide.
MCC recognizes a state of need around the world in the areas of human rights and justice including but not limited to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community. As people of faith, MCC endeavors to build bridges that liberate and unite voices of sacred defiance. MCC leads from the margins and transforms.