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Many of us assume that the older we get, the more religious we will become, that the closer we get to heaven physically, the closer we get to God spiritually. Is that really true?
A Pew Forum survey on religion found that 70% of those 65+ years old had a stronger belief in God and that the percentages of unbelievers fell as people aged. This indicates that the older we get, the more spiritual we become. Unfortunately, it also indicates a smaller percentage of young believers.
We know that our belief in God creates a unique sense of value and purpose in life that does not dissipate with age. In fact, as we get older and experience loss of loved ones along with the physical changes of aging, we begin to have a clearer sense of mortality that draws us closer to our Creator. The bible considers it a privilege to age, not something to be feared.
Proverbs 16:31 says “Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life”, a total contradiction to the youth-obsessed society that we live in.
Proverbs 20:29 says that the “gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.” Bringing a significant value to age and experience and giving us the important task of passing that knowledge on to the next generations.
Finding a local retirement option that integrates faith can be a real challenge. Many facilities will give a spiritual nod by providing transportation to a local church service, but very few will integrate faith-based activities into the calendar of events or make faith a priority in hiring staff. Those who live in this type of environment miss out on the richness of fellowship of other believers. And the staff who cares for them may do so without an understanding or ability to relate to faith practices such as prayer, study of scripture and worship. For some people, these things do not matter, but for the 70% of those who believe in God, it can make a real difference.
For 69 years CRISTA Senior Living has understood that faith matters. We stand on the promises and wisdom of God and consider it an honor to serve those who are aging. Without prejudice, we practice God’s mandate to love and care for one another, to come alongside people of little or great faith just as Isaiah 46:4 says, “I will be your God throughout your lifetime — until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.”
CRISTA Senior Living is connecting & celebrating generations through grace, compassion & inspiration, you can find out more at www.cristaseniorliving.org
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