The Joy of Wasting Away – An offering from Brad Syverson

 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

I used to think forgetfulness was funny.  As I turn 60, it’s not so funny anymore.   My toe nails have turned yellow. And my children think I should get hearing aids.   We are all growing old but that’s putting it politely.  We are mentally and physically wasting away.  So I take great joy in 2 Corinthians 4: 16.

We do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.

Growing old is required but growing in God’s love is optional.  Our eyesight lessens but our heart can see more clearly.  The absence of what wastes away makes clear our essence and what a joy to discover each day that God is our essence!

Be within our decay, O God.  Renew us inside.  And maybe you could see about those toe nails as well?

(c) 2018 Brad Syverson
Spiritual Director

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