I sat on the bed while my Great-Grandma braided her waist-length, snowy white hair and piled it like a crown on her head. She turned to me, twinkling: “Now what does today have in store for us?” Later, as we talked, she turned and patted my knee. “It’s so nice to be with someone my own age!” That’s my last living memory of her. I was 15 and she was 90 years old.
This year I celebrate a milestone birthday, but at times it feels more like a millstone. I’ve been swinging between the two things, both shocked at the toll of years and pleased at the achievement. My mother (like her Grandma!) has always greeted each decade with delight, proclaiming her new age in advance. There’s an age-defying power in that, like the glory of maple leaves that blaze then glow in the fall — or like the grace of winter branches.
So today, let’s celebrate life and the passage of years. Here are five reasons to see age as a milestone, not a millstone (look up the verses in your Bible and meditate on them, or click on the links for a quicker read):
1. You’ve been known and loved from the start!
- Psalm 139, especially vss. 13-18
2. You were planned with a purpose
3. Your Creator will stick with you to the end
4. The Lord will renew you and give strength
5. Age has its benefits!
Above all, remember this:
“Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself.” (Philippians 3:20-21)
May the Lord bless you this year and always!
© 2020 Sarah Christmyer
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