Full of Years

If you value people who are older—and also your own aging—these entries will help you rejoice in the fullness of this stage of life: its gritty realities, secret joys, hidden spirituality and cherished moments—reasons to be grateful that old age is always a gift from God!

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Deflated dread

During the weeks before Hurricane Florence came into focus, I noticed the increasing dread that news outlets, governmental leaders and Web denizens were feeling about the approaching catastrophe. Understandably so, it seems: The forecasts depicted something historic, beyond current imagination, and devastating to large sections of the country. The warnings seemed to have taken hold. Millions ofMORE...

Spiritual themes in my spam folder

For reasons unknown to me, my e-mail service is now collecting huge amounts of spurious messages—also known as “spam”—and placing them into a euphemistically labeled “Bulk Mail Folder”. (Other servers are more direct, calling this stuff what it is: Junk Mail.) It occurred to me that there may be some spiritual themes that ride along with the spam. Some examples may help you understand what I’mMORE...

Campaigning with Spirit: Anxiety Begone!

This entry is part of a series of blogs that connect political volunteering with spiritual themes. These observations come from my current volunteering for a congressional candidate. Today’s thought: Overcoming anxiety. Over the past two years or so, I’ve found inside and around me a growing sense of dread about the state of the nation, particularly its political health. Without keening thatMORE...

A life purpose for anyone

During the years I’ve visited frail elderly folks, I’ve observed that many of these good people don’t feel that they have a purpose in life. Not all of them, but just enough to make me wonder what it might take for people in their later years to strengthen or regain their zest of living—something that comes along with having a lively, tangible purpose. Today I want to try out this idea with you:MORE...

How much longer?

Like a happy puppy, another birthday just galumphed up next to me, doing its best to get my attention. Again this year, I am glad to consider the blessings of my past, my satisfaction with the present and my hopes for the future. As the total years of my life add more and more numerals, it becomes a frequent feature of my waking moments to ask, “How much longer?” The question can serve as aMORE...

Broken stuff

As I grow older, I’m increasingly aware of the number of broken things that surround me. In some cases, these items have been part of my life for awhile. No matter how much they bother me, these small wrecks in my lifestyle have resisted my repairing and discarding skills. So, for example, I live with a hair brush detached from its handle, a tool with a missing part, a tottering fence proppedMORE...

Short takes

Short takes As I wander through thought landscapes during a day, I come upon ideas that strike me as blog-worthy. I don’t always develop all of them fully enough so that they can sit on a screen like this, all dressed up in themes, sub-themes, personable writing styles, eye-catching phrases, a spiritual connection or attention-worthy importance to readers’ lives. So these little idea-seedlingsMORE...

No worries!

Have you experienced this phenomenon lately? It seems like “No worries!” might be ascending as a useful replacement for the familiar “No problem!” It comes at “Excuse me” moments, when someone is apologizing for a minor mistake. For example, let’s say that I don’t readily yield the right-of-way to a cyclist, realize my mistake, quickly apologize and then hear from the cyclist, “No worries!” TheMORE...

Exit interviews?

Along my career path, I’ve participated in several exit interviews—final conversations with my bosses about any number of matters regarding my past and future work. With my supervisor, I could review the final details of my separation; learn important information that might be useful for the next steps in my life and receive affirmations about my past service along with best wishes for my futureMORE...

The greater good, Part 3

  In this three-part series, The greater good, we’ve considered how our decision-making can reflect the Christian values of empathy and community. In this final entry, we imagine how these principles might be especially suited to being old. No matter how difficult it might seem to seek the greater good, we keep at it. We’re not interested in lives that are selfish; we want to follow Jesus’MORE...

Bob Sitze

BOB SITZE has filled the many years of his lifework in diverse settings around the United States. His calling has included careers as a teacher/principal, church musician, writer/author, denominational executive staff member and meat worker. Bob lives in Wheaton, IL.

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