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Aging and Fear: A Word of Encouragement

As we look for ways to minister to the body, mind and soul of older adults, I came across a devotion in the book, Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young, that I thought was helpful. It speaks to some of the fears and needs of people as they age and it is written as if God is talking directly to the person.

I am yours for all eternity. I am the Alpha and the Omega: the One who is and was and is to come. The world you inhabit is a place of constant changes- more than your mind can absorb without going into shock. Even the body you inhabit is changing relentlessly, in spite of modern science’s attempts to prolong youth and life indefinitely. I, however, am the same yesterday and today and forever.

Because I never change, your relationship with Me provides a rock-solid foundation for your life. I will never leave your side. When you move on from this life to the next, My Presence beside you will shine brighter with each step. You have nothing to fear, because I am with you for all time and throughout eternity.

Revelation 1:8; Hebrews 13:8; Psalm 102:25-27; Psalm 48:14

Any thoughts on how to provide ministry and encouragement to older adults dealing with fear, especially the fear of aging?

Devotion from August 14 in Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence.

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    August 26, 2011 9:29 pmPosted 6 years ago
    NELSON LAIR

    Amy-
    I am priv1leged to meet periodically with an older Christian man. I bring him familiar Bible verses – verses of hope and promise. I print out these verses with key words missing, and just show the first letter of the word. Jim enjoys filling in the blanks – either written or verbally – from his memory. He even enjoys guessing when he’s not certain. Then we talk about the passage and what it means to him. I find verses on fear and aging, and God’s faithfulness and love throughout our lives. Jim is strengthened as the Word dwells richly in his heart. When we remember the “Last Supper” together, I do the same with the “Words of Institution”. Jim remembers and finds deeper meaning.
    Sarah Young’s book would be a useful tool to point one toward a wider variety of meaningful verses to share in such a way.

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