This blog is essentially about life and faith as it relates to ageing. It is more about life than death because to choose life is to acknowledge the richness of all that God provides in every age. Just as infancy is about life so is the ageing process. I believe we are all given each to the other in ways that are timeless and where age is often an irrelevancy. Above all I believe in the power of love. Love transforms; love conveys all that affirms our humanity so when we find it, we must treasure it and respect it. It has the power to transform us and the world we inhabit. It comes in many forms and demands a variety of responses. Above all we must give thanks for it. So give thanks for those you love. … find ways to tell them you do and pray always for those who by illness or circumstance feel they are unloved.
I am interested in attitudes to ageing
REFLECTIONS ON AGEING
I am interested in attitudes to ageing, the ageing process and the care of those who have specific needs as they age. I find many people work with generalised stereotypes which take no account of differing personalities, education, background, achievements (current as well as past) and dismiss those, however old, who have stories to tell and wisdom to impart. Those who are aged are but younger people who have lived longer than others.
What follows may well seem to be disjointed as I find differing things to reflect on but all will have some reference to age and partly because I am a priest in the Church of England there will scriptural food for thought.I believe in a spiritual dimension to living and dying which needs to be acknowledged and celebrated. There will moments of reflection often drawn from the Psalms. Above all I believe that we are all held in the hands of a loving God who wishes us to experience love both human and divine and wants us to be fulfilled. One day I may wish to write something more formal with this as its basis. That remains to be seen.
Much of what is written will be drawn from my own experience. Where this is obvious and explicit, names will be changed but the substance will be true. All opinions are my own unless acknowledged in the text. I am over retirement age so have something of a vested interest in the subject so read it if you will and if you wish to contribute to my thinking please do so.