Experiencing Peace in Your Golden Years

Melissa HendersonBy Melissa Henderson4 Minutes

The aged. An aging person. Older adults. Golden years. Seniors. These are a few examples of the way people in the later part of their lives are described. What do you think about someone who is older than you? Perhaps you are the older one. Experiencing peace in your golden years can be different for each person.

At what point does the world consider someone to be in their “golden years”? I have found that the older I become, the younger I feel. Some folks have the same experience, while others look at becoming older as a burden to their families and friends.

As a young child, I remember that thinking of a person in their 40’s as an “older adult” was a normal way of looking at age. As my birthdays have seen me into my early 60’s, I now have a different perspective on age. Older people seem younger. Young people seem even younger.

I am thankful for every birthday and the life experiences God has given. There have been good times and bad times. My faith in God has deepened over the years and I am thankful to trust in Him for all situations. God provides the peace only He can give.

My mother passed away at the age of 91 years old, just a week before her 92nd birthday. She loved to share her sentiment on aging. “You’re never old until you hit 100 years.” According to Mama, she never grew old.

Experiencing peace in your golden years can be found through faith in the Lord. Sharing time in prayer with Him, reading His Word, giving thanksgiving, asking for forgiveness of sins, and praising Him for His love and glory are ways to draw closer to the Father.

When praying, ask for peace in your golden years. Ask Him for the peace that passes understanding. His peace.

There are several ways to experience peace in your golden years. Is there a way to stay connected with others? Sending letters or notes of encouragement to family and friends, sharing time with younger people at church or in your neighborhood, sharing a smile and hug with others, volunteering to read to children or anyone who might enjoy a story, serving at a soup kitchen, or helping in other capacities. If you are unable to physically provide help, you can pray. Offer prayer for those in need. Offer prayer for younger people. Offer prayer for other people in their golden years.

God has a special plan for each of His children. If you desire to experience peace in your golden years, ask God to give you wisdom and revelation in how to find that peace. Every person of every age is loved and cherished by God. Knowing we are His beloved creations can bring peace at any age.

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you: I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isaiah 46:4 NIV).

Heavenly Father, thank You for the love and forgiveness You give in every moment of life. Thank You for the opportunities we have to learn and to teach others about peace. May we always seek You. May we always share Your love and glory. Amen.

In His Name,

Melissa Henderson