To “hold fast” or “hold on” to something means that we tighten our grip with the intention of not letting go. To “hold” to Christ’s teaching means that we grasp it, tighten our grip, and allow it to transform our lives. Jesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
Caleb provides a stirring model of an aging man with a robust faith. He and Joshua, alone, believed God and want to take the land God had promised. When portions were being assigned it was Caleb who said, “give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the Lord said” (Joshua 14:12-15). God identifies Caleb as different from the rest of his aging generation because “he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully” (Numbers 14:24). Let’s invite God to bless our Senior generation and raise up among them men and women with a robust faith.
Many who serve in the role of caregivers for their aging loved ones find themselves emotionally and physically fatigued. Physical exhaustion and emotional depression are common complaints. Whether you are providing care for your aging spouse or helping meet the needs of your aging parent, the effects of the stress experiencedJoinJ can be debilitating. Join with me as we pray for those who are providing care for an aging generation.
Nearly three years ago, my dear mom, Shirley Weaver, died from complications brought on by Alzheimer’s disease. The reality is that we lost the joy of her presence seven years prior to her death. I’ll never forget the day she leaned over to my Dad and whispered, “Who is that nice young man?” I could clearly hear her … and she was referring to me. Alzheimer’s is a wicked disease. In the later stages you feel like you have lost your loved one even though they are physically present. Please join with me today as we pray for those who are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease.
Many are finding themselves in the challenging role of making difficult care decisions on behalf of aging loved ones. Concerns about safety, skilled nursing facilities, medical insurance, and finances all make an already emotionally charged issue that much more complex and painful. Some are in the heartbreaking position of separating an aging couple for the first time in their married lives because of the need for institutional care. It is easy to see why these dear brothers and sisters need our prayer.
As the Baby Boomers grow older, they are taking on the role of caring for their aging, frail parents. I am included in that group. My Mom died two years ago from the effects of Alzheimer’s and now my father, age 93, is in need of increasing supervision and care. As we “honor” our parents in their aging years we need wisdom and compassion to tenderly care for their needs. Join with me as we pray for our aging parents.
“You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord” (Lev. 19:32). The Bible makes it clear that we are to show honor and respect to the older generation. Many people are blessed to have grandparents who have lived through and endured remarkable events in our nations history – the depression, a world war, a presidential assassination, the first man on the moon. We can benefit from their experiences and be blessed by their wisdom. Join me as we pray for this “Senior” generation.
Prior to placing our faith in Jesus Christ we were hopeless. Our eternal destiny was to be separated from God for all eternity. But now, by trusting in Jesus, He himself is our living hope. We are full of hope because of the reliability of God’s word and God’s Son.
In the Old Testament, worshippers marveled at the manifestation of God’s presence in the temple. Now, through our faith in Christ, God himself indwells each believer. We are filled with the Holy Spirit of God and called to live a life that reflects his presence within us.
Are you dead or alive? Ephesians 2 tells us that apart from Jesus we are spiritually dead. When we place our faith in Him, the Father spiritually raises us from the dead in Christ! So the question is … have you been raised from the dead?