Older Adults

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Older Adults "Senior adults can discern where God promises to be present." ALLISON LEWIS Looking back, many milestones and experiences characterized adulthood, including parenting, careers, and many gatherings in the home with family and friends. Older adults recognize, however, that a real transition occurs after this point in life. As older adults move forward in years, life may slow down and roles may change. They continue growing closer to God and in community with other believers. Many seniors maintain very active lives, enjoying the benefits that come with retirement, such as traveling, exercising, or spending more time with their grandchildren. Others continue to find meaningful purpose by working or volunteering in some capacity. No matter what they are doing, older adults are able to focus on their faith and witness to others through service, prayer, and leading by example. Walter is a Korean War veteran and retired aerospace engineer. He believes in God and understands that God sent His Son, Jesus, to die and rise again to save the world from sin. One year ago, Walter's wife, Lucy, went home to be with the Lord after a decade-long battle with cancer. Since then, Walter has struggled to find purpose in his life. He starts his mornings with prayer and a devotion on the screened-in back porch that overlooks a beautiful lake. Being around nature brings peace and reminds Walter of God's constant presence. Walter actively participates in weekly American Legion meetings, where he shares his faith and experiences with other vets. He attends church every week and is a vocal participant in Sunday- morning Bible class. Walter finds joy in Holy Communion, where he is refreshed and remembers that He is not alone. He spends time with his grandchildren too. Walter feels that God is giving him a new purpose as he intentionally seeks out others and fills his time by loving them. A Day in the Life Older Adults • 1 • cph.org • Copyright © 2019 Concordia Publishing House

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