Unlike those societies that honor the elderly, ours tends to foster negative attitudes about aging. "Grey hair is more of a liability today than long hair," observes Robert A. Raines. Sadly, some elderly people respond by finding fault with a world that marginalizes them. "The more you complain," said one older lady, "the longer God lets you live."
Phyllis Diller helps us laugh at our attitudes about aging in her book, The Joys of Growing Old and How to Avoid Them. Under the topic of how to appear young, she includes the suggestion of putting braces on one's dentures.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.