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As body ages, spirit continues to thrive



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August 20, 2008
When the pipes leak, when the bones creak,

When the knees go bad,

I simply remember my favorite things,

And then I don't feel so bad.



This is a stanza of the song for which Julie Andrews received a four-minute standing ovation. The occasion was Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall benefit for AARP, as well as a commemoration of Ms. Andrew's 69th birthday.

Sung to the tune, of course, of "These are a few of my favorite things" from Sound of Music, it brought the seniors to hysteria as they recognized these plus many other symptoms of "The Golden Years."



It all would have been funny to me also except I was still smarting over the very recent memory of one of the 100+ kids at VBS this morning innocently jiggling my "arm muscles." While those "muscles" weren't among the signs of aging listed in the poem, botox, and cataracts, and hearing aids, and false teeth in glasses were. And we're just getting a little too close for comfort here.

Next thing I picked up to read said: "In our twenties and thirties we think we're invincible, but in the decades that follow, the eyesight starts to go, then the knees, then the mind. Let's face it, trying to ensure long-lasting physical health is like trying to stem the tide with a pitchfork."

That little description of aging, which I found in the July Our Daily Bread, thankfully went on to quote II Corinthians 4:16, which says: "Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.''



Thankfully, that aging process can be vintage. "When we are gradually stripped of everything that props us up—whether wealth, independence, health, dignity, beauty, or all of the above—we can be left with more and more of God. No matter how old we are, it's not too late to dig deep into God's Word and invest in our spiritual well-being." —

excerpted from words by Joe Stowell.

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