We don’t talk much, you and I, but you’re always on my mind. Today I send you my thanks for being among those who pay attention to Full of Years, my blog for “differently spiritual older adults.”
I started writing these entries over three years ago, with what I thought was a clear-headed notion: Some spiritually minded older adults may look at their lives—including the world around them—with an atypical mindset about what it means to follow Christ in these times. And now, 375+ entries later, you and I are still faithful to God’s will, still trying to make sense of our place in God’s work.
I’m grateful for every time you open up one of these e-mailed entries. I count it an honor that you would consider my thoughts worth your time. Your attention is a precious asset, and you have chosen to give some of your time to my thoughts.
As I write, I try to imagine your stations in life, your sense of purpose, your identity. Those thoughts make me thankful that there are people like you out there: Rising above petty or shallow perceptions about your place in God’s realm. Fiercely determined to keep working at your individual ministries. Influencing others around you. Not giving in to despair or disregard. Remaining part of God’s creating, redeeming and sanctifying mission. Naming and spreading wisdom where you find it. Not letting “older adult” define you completely.
On this day of gratitude, then, I want to thank you for being part of the small cohort of Christ’s followers who read these words. Thanks for seeing beyond them—and beyond me—so that your vision for a godly life is clear and undimmed.
God keep you joyful!