Five Minute Friday: Older

I am once again joining up with (the birthday girl) Lisa-Jo for five minute Friday. 
      1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
      2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
      3. Get a little crazy with encouragement for the five minuter who linked up before you.
    OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:
    Older

    Start:

    I try not to fear it, but my years as a nurse in a retirement home make it nearly impossible. Growing older is a lot about loss. I wonder what I will lose as I age? Will it be my home, my independence, my mind? I like to think that my children will take care of me in my old age, but that’s not always the case. They may have families and responsibilities that don’t include the title of ‘carer’. 


    Regardless of the losses, I believe I will still hold onto hope. Hope that doesn’t rest in my children, my husband or some nurse, but rather in my Father. A Father who knows my beginning and my end, whose compassion and grace grow deeper and wider with age. His love never grows old, even though I do.


    Stop.


    I feel like I’ve grown older in the time it’s taken me to write this. The computer ate my first draft and is messing with my fonts, which may have resulted in some gray hair and a lack of grace on my part.


    For more five minute thoughts, head on over to The Gypsy Mama, and wish her a happy birthday while you’re at it.

    Kimberly

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    • I am a nurse too…and yes, our hope is in Him! Blessings to you!

    • Jen

      It is so good to know that we don’t need to be dependent on people, if we trust in God. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Hi,
      I’m visiting from Gypsy Mama, and your post’s opening really caught my eye. I like how you synthesized your experience into a few brief words that cut to the chase of what it is to be “older.” Thank you for writing.

    • Thankful to have read here today! How glorious it is that our trust can rest safely in the Fathers hands, no matter what happens. He has us in his keeping! Bless you friend!

    • having also nursed the elderly, i know exactly where you are coming from. those fears are hard to chase away, aren’t they? one day at a time, trusting Him with the future, for He holds it all, does He not? thanks for sharing today. what a blessing!
      steph

    • beautiful. i guess i never feared {older} until my grandfather passed, and that’s when i realized the truth you mentioned here; getting older is a lot about loss. painful loss. thank you for the reminder that we still have hope in the One who knows us, holds us, and loves us through it all.

    • I am so thankful that God has a plan!

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