growing old and unfading glory

It seems that here, in our mid-50’s, the aging process has become impossible to ignore. My husband hurt his arm awhile back, and it still hurts. What’s that got to do with aging? He hurt it putting on his seat belt. Google says it’s probably the rotator cuff. Google knows everything. And seat belts are evil.

And then there’s me. Sometimes when I call someone, while the phone is ringing I have to quickly check my phone to see who I’m calling. Because I forgot. And just so you know…should you ever have to chase me down for anything, you won’t get winded.

We are aging, and speaking only for myself, not at all gracefully. I’m doing it while tripping over the floor, running into walls, and peeing my pants when I sneeze. I get exhausted watching the younger generation live life. I can’t pull an all-nighter anymore. Ok, fine. I can’t stay up past midnight without requiring a few days to “catch up”. If I make a to-do list, I give myself a month or two to get it done, and still have to-do’s left over. I don’t understand today’s music and for crying out loud someone tell those boys to hike up their drawers. And why do you all look Amish now? Shave your face.

Naps are my new black.

Every now and then I hear Bruce Springsteen in my head singing Glory Days, and I am reminded that my glory is fading.

And then today, I read from Ephesians and my soul got a grand pep talk.

 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[f] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” Ephesians 1:17-21

He. is. unchanging.

The same power that delivered you 25 years ago, or yesterday, will deliver you today. His strength does not weaken, His love does not wane, His mercy is always new. He has never forgotten you. He remains for you and not against you.

His strength, His power, His love, His faithfulness…they never change, never weaken, never run out.

He still owns the cattle on a thousands hills, His storehouse remains full and He still opens His hand to satisfy every living thing.

His healing power has not diminished, His voice still speaks, His truth is still true and His plans remain firm.

Today, as from the beginning, He is seeking the lost, binding up broken hearts, setting captives free and overcoming darkness. His arm is still not too short, and He remains mighty to save.

His is not a flickering flame but the Light of the whole world. He is still a champion of the poor and the oppressed, a Father to the orphan and a Husband to the widow, and He is still moved with compassion on your behalf.

His is the Name above all names and forever it will be. Today, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the High Priest, the Cornerstone and our firm foundation. His blood still covers, His atonement for our sins is still enough, and it is still finished.

He is still firmly seated on His throne, angels are still bowing, elders are casting crowns at His feet and heaven stills resounds with the cry of “Holy!”

Our Redeemer still lives, and His glory never fades.

I want to know Him better. I want to know the hope to which He has called me, the riches of His glorious inheritance in me, and His incomparably great power for me, who believes.

Glory days may be passing by, but I am still being invited to draw near and know better, the One with unfading glory. I like that.

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