“Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me.” – Psalms 71:18 (NLT)
Senior adults are one of the fastest growing parts of the population of our country. With advances in healthcare and the baby boomers now entering their senior adult years, it is more important than ever to recognize all that senior adults have to offer and what they can mean to the kingdom of God.
If a person is 65 years of age or older, it means they are probably not on the cutting edge of breakthroughs in technology or feats of human strength, but there is much that they have to offer. The Psalmist of Psalm 71 knew this, and prayed that God would not only stay with him, but also prayed that God would empower him to teach the next generation about who God was and what God had done and still could do in the lives of those who are committed to him.
If you are a senior adult, talk to God today about your willingness to impact others. Are you “retired” from the work of the Lord, or do you now have more time to serve the Lord and minister to others? Do you have a heart for the generations that are younger than you, wanting God to use you to impact them? God has not and will not abandon you, but will empower you to serve Him faithfully.
If you are one of the younger generations, what is your attitude toward our senior adults? Is there a senior adult you could befriend to not only help and encourage but to learn from their successes and failures? Talk to the Lord about how you could bless and be blessed by a senior adult.