By Katie Funk Wiebe
During this booklet, Katie Funk Wiebe speaks in truth, faithfully, and movingly of life's later border crossings and exhibits that during the twilight time among evening and fading day a few of life's better sorrows but in addition higher joys may be felt. She conveys her event so powerfully and authentically that it turns into common. somebody suffering in the course of the ache and promise of crossing into one in every of life's new phases will locate in those pages a kindred spirit.
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Older adultsall kindsneed cheerleaders or advocates for their journey, just as adolescents need youth leaders to coach and cheer them on. I want to be a cheerleader. I want others to cheer me on. I want this part of the journey to have dignity and hope. I want this border crossing; this time between citizenships; between social uselessness and non-identity, on the one hand, and conscious journeying, on the other; to be overwhelmed with grace and joy. I am convinced that God must have something in mind for older adults, a role that the church is not talking openly about yet.
Maitland advises that those facing a new stage in life should not let the discomfort of this transition pass without giving it attention. In other words, we shouldn't try to get over it like a cold, with lots of bed rest and fluids. He advises older adults to use this transition as one more chance at self-knowledge in an encounter with God. ) to the search for self-knowledge. There is no way back. I hesitantly accepted that my current discomfort with what was going on in my life existed to encourage me to Page 39 find out more about myself and the passage I was entering.
I do not claim to have come up with many answers. I am testing the waters. I merely state what I discovered. I live in an area where older adult ministries are as yet mostly a cloud on the horizon. The territory is big. The literature on the topic is extensive. The number of older adults is growing. New models for looking at aging are developing in our society. God is doing a new thing with this generation of older adults who have received the gift of twenty to thirty additional years because of better health and technology.