2 Corinthians 4:16
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
I am a Baby Boomer. One of millions born between 1946 and 1964.
While I have many younger, and a few older, friends on Facebook, the vast majority are from this age group, with a high percentage being former high school buddies.
It is obvious, when we share photos or study profile pics, all of us have aged, some better than others. But, what strikes me most is not the gathering wrinkles or greying hair. It is, instead, the physical ailments which are creeping into our lives. Requiring medication, therapy, or surgery.
Everything from high cholesterol and blood pressure to joint replacement and cancer treatments to chronic muscle/joint pain to digestive issues. You name it, and you can bet some Baby Boomer out there can lay claim to it!
Because, even when we are in tip-top condition, exercising, eating right, getting enough sleep, our bodies are gradually breaking down. Bit by tiny bit. With every passing day.
And, no medication or therapy or surgery can prevent it from eventually perishing altogether.
Yet, I do not lose heart.
What I see of my friends through their words of wit and wisdom, faith and hope, encouragement and love, are beautiful souls. Souls renewed afresh each day. Every day.
Not deterred by a weakening body, but, paradoxically, strengthened by it.
Inwardly, they, we, are growing. Out of the self-absorbed focus of youth into the outreaching embrace of others.
Growing. In spirit and in truth.
Giving. Of heart and soul.
Gaining. In goodness and grace.
Glorifying the One in whom we live and move and have our being.
And, with Whom, we will abide for eternity.
Are you losing heart, or staying young at heart?
Will you share this prayer with me?
St. Paul reminds us, Father, of the temporal nature of our bodies. They won't sustain us forever. But, we don't lose heart, Lord, because we know that we will one day live with You. May our earthly journeys open us more and more each day to know and praise Your great glory. Amen.
Psalms 145 or 104
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10