Last week, many wrote and said they were so helped at just the right time with a simple word from my previous blog about when someone speaks something against you. Because of that I want to continue with the idea of taking up our cross but today, I want you to think of the old people that are in your life.
I pray before every blog for God to guide me to just the topic for the day of His choosing. Then I believe what I write about is His will. Isn't it neat how God is in control, not us? What a life simplifier! Whatever that comes into our lives each day, whether it be grocery shopping, attending a board meeting, or changing diapers is His will for us, isn't it? "Whatever happens in your life is, in itself, His will." (Michael Molinos) So let's get to today's topic of thinking of the old people in our lives: it could be your grandparents, your parents, or a friend.
I know that when someone you love shows signs of even deeper aging, we often may try to fight against it—to try to hang on to the person we have known and loved for so long. But reading more from Fenelon this week, I discovered that by accepting the old people in our lives just as they come to us without trying to continue with the same expectations you had when they were younger, may be a way of taking up our cross. Listen to the words of Fenelon written nearly 300 years ago on the taking up of the cross and resting in the Lord:
You are bearing the burden of some old ones who can no longer bear their own. Reason weakens at so old an age. Goodness, unless deeply rooted, lessens. All the strength seems to go to the temper! Accept and welcome this burden as the cross.
It is a blessing that you have some free hours to rest in peace in the bosom of the Lord. This is where you will refresh yourself and gain strength to go on. Take care of your health and try to take some time to rest and enjoy yourself. As others grow older you should expect less and less of them. Don't expect too much of yourself, either.I hope that Fenelon's wise words ministered to you like they did to me. I keep remembering, "as others grow older you should expect less and less of them." By the way, my daughter Mary, and I have some exciting news, we are going to go visit Elisabeth Elliot and her husband later this month for a few days. We are so excited, and I'll tell you more about it next time. Elisabeth (beloved spiritual mentor to countless women of whom I am just one) is 87 now, and was diagnosed a decade ago with dementia.
Pray that we will be able to minister to her and to her husband, Lars, while we are staying with them. Lars wants Mary to sing for Elisabeth and her sister, and we're looking forward to meeting her sister, too! Be sure to let me know what I can pray for you in the comments!
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