It’s been six months. If you started reading these entries from their start, you and I have shared over one hundred ideas that have appeared at Fullofyears.org since the end of August, 2017. This feels like a helpful time to review my original thoughts about writing blogs for older adults whose spirituality was a bit different than the usual.
What I had in mind back then was something a little off the beaten track. My hope was not to overwhelm readers with information or philosophy about older adult lifestyles, identities or ministries. Others have done that quite well. Instead, I wanted to provide beginning thoughts about bite-size topics—just the right amount for newsletter articles, discussion/sharing starters, devotional moments. I imagined readers using these reflections in congregational settings—places where older adults might gather for mutual support. Where caregivers might come for help. Where congregation leaders could begin thinking about their older members in non-stereotypical ways. Where emotional, intellectual and spiritual honesty could open new relationships among people of all ages.
I hoped that my insights could be unique, offering some new twists of opinion or testimony about God’s work among elderly persons. That you could find challenges and invitations for your own aging processes, or for personal caregiving for your loved ones. I hoped that younger readers could start thinking about their eventual aging, that older readers could rejoice in that ongoing process. I wished that all of us could be mindful of our mortality—our eventual deaths. And because of those thoughts, to rejoice in our vitality right now.
Looking at the subscribers list, I also wanted to let family and new/old friends know that none of us is alone as we come into this part of our lives!
Okay, time out’s over! Back to writing and reading….
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