“The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap…” vss. 12, 14
This psalmist had been around the block a few times and knew that folks shouldn’t be discounted just because they had grown old. He believed that there was a connection between righteous living and longevity and that people could flourish and bear fruit even in their senior years. We still see that in our congregations today–some express sadness because their pews are filled with the elderly, but really it’s a blessing. Even when most organizations are in the habit of handing out golden parachutes to the aged, that never happens in churches. In fact, it’s the old folks who are keeping the doors open in countless congregations. They are the pillars of the church, the faithful ones, and they’re amazingly productive in doing the work of God. Many are using what they call the “third quarter” of life to blossom. They’re finding ever new ways to use their time and considerable talents to serve the broken and the poor. And they’re enjoying life more! Freed from the necessity of working to earn a living, they launch into labors of love and produce remarkable fruits. Even when it seems their energy is failing, their sap is still flowing, and they’re making a huge difference in our hurting world.
Thought for the Day: Where can I find my retirement niche?