From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Over 80’s

On October 14 we honored our church members over the age of 80 both in our worship services and with our luncheon following. It was good to see so many people honoring those over 80. In fact many of us are over 90! Here’s our “class of 2012” – click on the picture for a larger image.

In this world where we celebrate the new just because it’s new, it’s counter-cultural to stop and say “hey, this is old and that’s good!” I’ve come to appreciate longevity, durability, loyalty and long-term faithfulness now that I’ve seen more of life’s journey. So I avoid cliches like “she 80 years young” – what, she’s still naive after all this time? Hasn’t she learned anything in 80 years? I think it’s time we stop worshiping the new and start appreciating the old.

Because there’s really no particular virtue in being either old or young. In our walk with Christ we’re always babies. It’s just that sometimes it takes 80 years or more to realize it.

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