A Prayer for Growing Old Fruitfully and Strong
Father, I give you thanks and praise for your promises to me as I age. With your presence in my life, I will still be productive, every day of my life until you take me home! And everyday I’m here you will care for me with your watchful eye. You will carry me through every triumph and every trial. Thank you that you are giving me a satisfying life that is filled with good things every day. You are opening my eyes to the good things around me, and gratitude is becoming my habitual response to your blessing! Thank you that I can outrun the youngsters around me, setting a standard for what a strong life looks like, a life dedicated to you in obedience. Thank you that with your everlasting help, I can soar over every circumstance of life!
In Jesus, the Lord of my life, Amen!
A Prayer for Growing Old Gracefully
Lord, Thou knowest better than I myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.
Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all; but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains; they are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.
I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cock-sureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet, for a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people; and give, O Lord, the grace to tell them so. Amen.
Prayer on Aging
May Christ keep me ever young “to the greater glory of God.” For old age comes from Him, old age leads to Him, and old age will touch me only insofar as He wills.
To be “young” means to be hopeful, energetic, smiling— and clearsighted. May I accept death in whatever guise it may come to me in Christ, that is, within the process of the development of life. A smile— inward and outward— means facing with mildness and gentleness whatever befalls me.
Jesus, grant me to serve You, to proclaim You, to glorify You, and to manifest You, to the very end through all the time that remains to me of life, and above all through my death. Lord Jesus, I commit to your care my last years, and my death; do not let them impair or spoil the work I have. Amen.