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Growing Old: A Gift From God

Does growing old bring dread into your heart? Have you ever wondered how aging gracefully looks like? Join Kelly as she chats with Aunty Janet on what growing old means to her and how our church is able to support the seniors in our midst.


by Kelly Lim

Aging is a natural process that everyone experiences. As we age, our bodies and minds undergo changes; changes that affect our physical appearance, our moods, our relationships, and how our bodies handle illnesses or disabilities. We cannot avoid aging but we can control our response and attitude towards it.

In this image-obsessed world and its relentless pursuit of youth (and the associated meaning of wealth and beauty), the mere mention of “growing old” carries a dreadful connotation of death and loss. However, as Christians, we need to rememberthatlifeandlongevityare good gifts from God. As Paul said in his letter to Timothy: “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6); therefore, we should receive each day with thanksgiving and commit it into His hands.

As Proverbs 19:20 goes: “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future”, I cornered Aunty Janet Tan of Sunday Worship Service one morning to gain some elder-wisdom.

A retired teacher who taught Art for decades, Aunty Janet has an amazing memory. She rattled off names and designations, sequence of events long past, dates and many other details. Despite a chronic shortness of breath, this 72-year old had the un agging energy to relate many humorous and inspirational stories. She shared personal testimonies of God’s power of healing and of being saved from blindness.