The key lesson we’ve forgotten in our rush to beat old age (COMMENTARY)

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Carol Orsborn and Robert L. Weber are the authors of "The Spirituality of Age: A Seeker’s Guide to Growing Older” (Inner Traditions, October 2015. Photo courtesy of Carol Orsborn, Ph.D.

Carol Orsborn and Robert L. Weber are the authors of "The Spirituality of Age: A Seeker’s Guide to Growing Older” (Inner Traditions, October 2015. Photo courtesy of Carol Orsborn, Ph.D.

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(RNS) There's a new theory of aging in which older adults embrace rather than reject or deny the shadow side of aging. It's called the spirituality of aging.

  • Fran

    God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44) will put an end to old age, sickness and disease, and death of the human family as a result of its upcoming millennial rule with Jesus as King (Isaiah 11:1-9; Revelation 21:3-4).

    We can exercise faith and hope in that government now as the only hope for mankind and know, for a certainty, that these marvelous blessings will take place (Hebrews 11:1).

  • Brian Iverson

    Fran – yours is a 5th bucket. God will take care of everything – once we die. Til then, well, if/when Jesus returns pow everything is taken care of. But until then – well – nothing added to the conversation.

  • Brian Iverson

    I disagree that your way is a 4th bucket. With the books, seminars, and the seeking of fulfillment etc., it seems your 4th way is just an extension of the 3rd bucket. You have just negated the possible fulfillment via the various activities of bucket #3 thus far expressed, and have replaced them with spirituality / spiritual fulfillment. This rings as hollow as all the other spiritual endeavors placed before people of any age. Call it what it is: advanced bible studies.

  • I see 3 & 4 as related. Staying engaged in life gives us opportunities to share our wisdom. If our work provides that type of interaction – keep on keepin’ on. I love to ponder and discuss questions like: Why am I here? How can I serve? Who am I, really? At last to consciously practice non-judgment, unconditional love. Thank you for opening this important discussion. Seniors… YEAH!!

  • Fran

    Brian,

    Yes, if we do die before Jesus returns and begins his millennial rule, then we will be alive in God’s memory while we sleep in death (Eccl. 9:5,6,10). Resurrection of the dead back to life on earth, to be reunited with family and friends, will take place throughout that rule (John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15).

    At the end of that millennial rule, after a final test of mankind’s faith after Satan is released and that test is passed (Rev. 20:7-8) then eternal life and youth will be enjoyed by all mankind on earth (Rev. 21:3,4), as God had originally purposed for mankind when He created Adam and Eve (Gen. 1:28). Something to look forward to, even now. I’m over 50 and am grateful for that future when I can throw these glasses away!

  • This is a welcomed bucket that reaffirms the eclectic spiritual flow of old age, a topical quilt of callings, curiosities, and epiphanies. Eliot was right, we’re all circling our experiences only to arrive where we started and know ourselves for the first time…

  • Elizabeth Kay

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