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I'm Dead. I'm Sure of It!

Aging Heaven Humor

Source: various

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2017-02-01

Scripture: Revelation 21:4 ; Galatians 5:24

Author: unknown
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ILLUSTRATION

I heard a great story about an elderly gentleman who leaned over to kiss his aged wife good morning, only to hear her declare, "Don't touch me! I'm dead!"

"What are you talking about? You're fine. We're both lying here talking to one another. You're not dead!"

"Oh no, I'm dead. I'm sure of it."

"How can you be so sure?"

"Because I woke up this morning and nothing hurts!"

APPLICATION

Do you suffer from hurt feelings, wounded pride or pangs of jealousy?  These are all signs that your flesh is very much alive and active.  However, those who die to sin by finding new life in Christ suddenly wake up pain-free!

"Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires" (Galatians 5:24). 

Alternative Application:

What she was really saying was, "I'm finally perfectly alive!" In Heaven, we will be dead to pain and suffering and alive to all that brings joy!

"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away" (Revelation 21:4). 

Good Morning Videos Help Comfort Dementia Patients

Aging God's Care Worry

Source: “Families make videos to reassure patients with dementia” by Associated Press, posted FoxNews.com, April 17, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-28

Scripture: Psalms 63:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Morning can be a really tough time for our aging loved ones struggling with Alzheimers or other forms of dementia. As both the body and the mind effectively reset after a night of sleep, many may need help to “break through the morning fog of forgetfulness that can often cause them agitation and fear.”

Why am I here? How did I get here? How am I supposed to get through this day? These and other questions--not to mention feelings of loneliness, abandonment, even anger--all combine to make the common admonish to “rise and shine” seem nearly impossible.

One innovative elder-care program in the Bronx, NY, is piloting a new program which seeks to allay some of this anxiety and to help patients set the mood to have a much calmer, more satisfying day. The Hebrew Home of Riverdale is inviting patients’ loved ones to film “Good Morning” video messages filled with comforting words, reassurances that they are loved, that they are not alone, that they are cared for. The videos are to be laced with memory triggering personal anecdotes, and, of course, the faces and voices of those who have lovingly and faithfully been by their sides.

"You've got a group of people with dementia who don't really grasp the nature and purpose of their surroundings, or the circumstances that compelled them to be there," said Dr. Robert Abrams, a geriatric psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. "Consequently they're alone and at sea, and feel frightened and even abandoned by family."

The videos were actually inspired by none other than the pop culture, classic movie 50 FIRST DATES starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. In the movie, Barrymore’s character suffered traumatic brain injury and lost her memory. Sandler’s character made her “Good Morning” videos to play upon waking in an effort to put her day—indeed, her life—in proper context.

Charlotte Dell, director of social services at the Hebrew Home comments, "We're looking to see if we can set a positive tone for the day. … What better way to start the day than to see the face and hear the voice of someone you love wishing you a wonderful morning?"

For many patients, the videos are helping them to accept that their life and circumstances are not actually reeling out of control (though they might seem that way). They are helping them to achieve a greater sense of peace and security.

APPLICATION

Truth be told, you don’t need to be aging or ailing to wake up in the morning in a fog of forgetfulness, anxiety or fear. Why am I here? How did I get here? How am I supposed to get through this day?

The everyday circumstances, stresses, and trials of life can throw anyone into a fog. We often can't seem to "grasp the nature and purpose of our surroundings, or the circumstances that compelled us to be there. ... Consequently we feel alone and at sea, and feel frightened and even abandoned" by God. We awaken fretful about all that happened yesterday, worried about how we’ll get through today, and anxious about the cares of tomorrow—and we haven’t even stepped out of bed yet!

Spending time first thing in the morning with our Savior is like looking into the comforting face and hearing the familiar voice of our ultimate Loved One, reassuring us that we are loved and we are not alone. Reading His Word can trigger memories that He has lovingly and faithfully been by our side all along—life and circumstances are not actually reeling out of control (though they might seem that way). We can choose to set a “positive tone” for the day. As Director Dell concluded, “What better way to start the day than to see the face and hear the voice of someone you love wishing you a wonderful morning?”

Psalm 63:1-8

1 O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.

3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
4 Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

6 When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.
7 Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
8 My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me.

The Age of Jitsunen

Aging Fruitfulness Servanthood

Source: "Time For A New Contest To Replace An Old Word" By Bob Greene, published CHICAGO TRIBUNE, February 19, 1986

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-09

Scripture: Psalms 92:12 ; Proverbs 20:29

Author: Bob Greene / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Retirement. It's meant to describe that time in life which we call the golden years. But the word doesn't really fit the notion. Rather, it implies the notion of giving up (think of a tennis player who "retires" from a match because of injury or fatigue), or lying down ("Are you ready to 'retire' for the night?"), or saying goodbye ("Here's your gold watch. See ya later").

At the age of 55 or 60, very few people consider themselves "elderly" and ready to give up, lie down, or say goodbye.

The latter half of the 20th century, the Japanese faced a bit of a cultural revolution when it came to defining their retirement years. We could use to take a page out of their playbook:

There was a Japanese word that was used to describe people in their 50s and 60s. The word was ``rojin.`` Its English translation was ``aged person.``

People in Japan began objecting to the word ``rojin.`` Japanese men and women in their 50s and 60s pointed out that many people in their 50s and 60s hold full-time jobs because of extended retirement age policies. They also pointed out that Japanese life expectancy has risen to the late 70s. So what happened? Something deceptively simple--and absolutely brilliant.

The Japan Ministry of Health and Welfare announced a contest, open to anyone in Japan who wished to enter. The ministry agreed that ``rojin`` was no longer an appropriate word. The contest invited people to submit alternative words.

In the contest, 301,000 ideas were sent in by the Japanese people. A committee appointed by the ministry to choose the new word sifted through the entries. In the end, they came up with a winner.

The new word was ``jitsunen.`` In Japanese, ``jitsu`` means ``harvest`` or ``fruit,`` and ``nen`` means age. Thus, the new word ``jitsunen`` translates to ``age of fruition.`` So Japanese men and women who used to be dismissed as ``aged persons`` are now being described as persons in the ``age of fruition.``

APPLICATION

Don't buy into the world's view of aging, content to "retire" from fruitful service and ministry. The Scriptures are full of encouragement for those who find themselves in jitsunen--the age of fruition. God can (and will!) use us productively (even if only declaring the goodness of God from our bedside at the "retirement" home) till our dying breath.

"The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him" (Psalm 92:12-15, ESV).

"The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair" (Proverbs 20:29, ESV).

“Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life” (Proverbs 16:31).

Golden Years and Golden Gratitude

Thankfulness Aging Satisfaction

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-22

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Author: Ron Lieber / Illustration Exchange
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Keeping Up With Super-centerians

Aging Humor Spiritual Health

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-10-27

Author: Krishna Babu Pandey
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Weary, Rain Soaked Campers Looking for a Home

Resurrection Infirmities Aging

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2014-02-06

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:52 ; 2 Corinthians 5:1

Author: Unknown
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Beating the Reaper

Death Aging God's Will

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-01-17

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
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From Teaching Hundreds to Teaching Hundreds of Millions

Disappointment Dreams Aging

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-09-27

Author: Bruce Larson
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Age Is No Enemy

Aging Urgency Ambition

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-16

Author: Max Lucado
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Hurry Up And Die

Aging Selfishness End Times

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-03

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:1 ; Leviticus 19:32

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