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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The greater good, Part 2

  In this three-part series, The greater good, you and I think together about how our decision-making can reflect the Christian values of empathy and community. Today we take a closer look at some possible complexities. “Seeking the greater good” can help anchor the decisions we make. An easy way to understand this ideal involves a utilitarian calculation: Determine the best outcomes for theMORE...

The greater good

In this three-part series, The greater good, you and I can think together about how our decision-making reflects the Christian values of empathy and community. The matter is complex enough to warrant more than just a few words! Today we start with the obvious: Our lives are not are own. The lectionary texts a few Sundays ago included this familiar statement by Paul: “And he (Jesus) died for allMORE...

Lessons from the natural world: A perspective

The lessons I learn from being among nature’s small and large wonders have formed the basis a series of blogs that I just completed. (To visit unread blogs in the series, type “Lessons from the natural world” into the Search feature on the site.) Today I provide a little background for the series—the compelling reasons for its genesis. I’m a naturalist. Not because of training or occupationalMORE...

Bringing older adults into nature

In these later decades of life, I have come to see even more fully the value of being immersed in the natural world. The lessons I learn from among nature’s small and large wonders form the basis for this series of blogs. In this final entry in the series, I explore some practical ways for caregivers to bring older adults together with the natural world. Since interactions with nature can beMORE...

Lessons from the natural world: Active, extinct or dormant?

  In these later decades of life, I have come to see even more fully the value of being immersed in the natural world. The lessons I learn from being among nature’s small and large wonders form the basis of this series of blogs. Today’s thought: How we who are older might compare ourselves to volcanoes…. Several times in life I’ve had the opportunity to explore a variety of geologicalMORE...

Lessons from the natural world: Life is everywhere

In these later decades of life, I have come to see even more fully the value of being immersed in the natural world. The lessons I learn from being among nature’s small and large wonders form the basis of this series of blogs. Today’s thought: How the natural world encourages elders to rejoice in their lives! “How ARE you?” people ask. My consistent answer: “Happy to be alive!” I’m so glad to beMORE...

Lessons from the natural world: Vulnerability and humility

  In these later decades of life, I have come to see even more fully the value of being immersed in the natural world. The lessons I learn from being among nature’s small and large wonders form the basis of this series of blogs. Today’s thought: The natural world reveals our vulnerability and inspires our humility.   Let me ask you a personal question: When and why do you ever feelMORE...

Lessons from the natural world: Vast thoughts

In these later decades of life, I have come to see even more fully the value of being immersed in the natural world. The lessons I learn from being among nature’s small and large wonders form the basis of this series of blogs. Today’s thought: Nature inspires vast thinking. When I’m out in the natural world, vast often comes to mind, carrying two interrelated meanings: Immense/huge/extensive andMORE...

Lessons from the natural world: What lasts longest speaks most loudly

  In these later decades of life, I have come to see even more fully the value of being immersed in the natural world. The lessons I learn from being among nature’s small and large wonders form the basis of this series of blogs. Today’s thought: What lasts longest speaks most loudly. Whether tending to my own backyard, walking in the neighborhood or gazing at a vast landscape, I can see howMORE...

Not pretty….

  It seems possible to me that some people in our society may think of us oldsters as unsightly, past our pretty years, not much to look at. We may experience unhelpful prejudices about being old simply because some people may look at us and wonder how we came to look this way. These possibilities lead me to a question I sometimes toss around now that I’m older: How many of us, women and menMORE...

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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