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Looking Forward in Life with an Occasional Glance Backwards

Looking Forward in Life with an Occasional Glance Backwards
Looking Forward in Life with an Occasional Glance Backwards

Looking Forward in Life with an Occasional Glance Backwards

Hope prevails as our bodies fail!

The fact is we have limited and often no control over how gracefully our bodies and minds age. As we keep our Lord in our minds and speak to him in our prayers we come to understand that the gospel empowers us to face old age under God’s unchanging care for us.

God cares for our souls and also our bodies.

For many of us the difficulties of aging will lead to despair, grief and anxiety. We become disoriented and depressed. We must remember that as our life’s chapters begin to close, our union with our Lord orients us to what is real and of eternal value. For those who know Christ, aging is about hope not fear. We value honor more than dishonor and holiness over decay.

Growing old is not easy!

So in Christ, aging is the path to glory. What is sown in the weakness of our fallen bodies will be raised in power at the return of Christ. We will someday be with the Lord forever.

In the interim, aging is a retelling of stories of the faithfulness of God and his mercyfull promise to love and care for each of us.

Ecclesiastes 12:1-7

12 Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”— 2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain; 3 when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men stoop, when the grinders cease because they are few, and those looking through the windows grow dim; 4 when the doors to the street are closed and the sound of grinding fades; when people rise up at the sound of birds, but all their songs grow faint; 5 when people are afraid of heights and of dangers in the streets; when the almond tree blossoms and the grasshopper drags itself along and desire no longer is stirred. Then people go to their eternal home and mourners go about the streets.

6 Remember him—before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel broken at the well, 7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

The Rich life of Rose Styron

Video from CBS Sunday Morning

Looking Forward in Life with an Occasional Glance Backwards

"She's lived as a poet, a founding member of Amnesty International, a mother of four, and the wife of "Sophie's Choice" author William Styron. And at 95, Rose Styron, who's always looked forward, has decided to look back on her life of adventures, both in her new book, "Beyond This Harbor," and as the subject of a documentary by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright James Lapine, "In the Company of Rose." Styron and Lapine both talk with correspondent Mo Rocca about her thirst for life which has yet to be quenched." from video introduction

In the Company of Rose | Official Trailer

"Tony-winning playwright and director James Lapine (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George) befriends Rose Styron, the widow of the great American novelist William Styron (Sophie’s Choice). Rose shares the fascinating story of her complex life as a poet, journalist, human rights activist, life partner to William, and friend of the Kennedys, Phillip Roth, Carly Simon, the Clintons, James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein, Meryl Streep, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and many other luminaries of her time." from video introduction

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