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01 July 2009

"Wild Morning" Equine Horse Art Painting by Laurie Pace

'Wild Morning'
18 x 27 inches

Acrylic on Canvas

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© Laurie Justus Pace Graphics One Design 2009

"Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly, and revere your God. I am the Lord." Leviticus 19:32

The Painting: Acrylic Overlays in about seven layers. Dense thick paint and high glass varnish combine to finish off this unique composition.

The Thought: We were driving down Forest Lane on our way home from Whole Foods and I saw the sign outside the Unity Church, "HAPPY HOUR" . Of course it was referring to the church service on Sunday.

Then I was reading a magazine with little one liners that said, "Do you know what Happy Hour for the elderly is? An afternoon nap. Life not only begins at forty, it begins to show. Some of the other one liners were: You don't stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing.

It seems like the older Terry and I get, the more we forget our age. ( in more ways than one...either doing more than we should or truly just forgetting how old we are!) Somehow our inside brain thinks twenties but our body doesn't match up at all. I just realized recently I had crossed over to the 'other side' when I was examining our 'future' retirement situation for that long term planning I spoke of yesterday in the blog. I had mentioned to Patrick Lowe, our financial adviser, (HE IS THE BEST, look him up!) that I could still teach school if I had to. Good gracious, I will be 57 this year. Why would I ever want to do that?

What are you suppose to be like in your sixties? What is "Sixty"? I can hearing you screaming OLD at me, but my mom will be 80 in a few weeks and she isn't old... she is older, but not old. She is wiser, but not old. She is in full bloom with every intense beauty within her bursting out.

As we grow older our faith takes us by the hand and we walk a tiny bit slower in our journey. It is faith telling us "And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His spirit, who lives in you." Romans 8:11. In a sense it suggests that in those closing years of our journey here on earth, that our mortal life will be infused with special energy from God's spirit. I can hope!

We can hear a whisper as hope does jump into the scene. "because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory." Romans 5:2 Hope give us the assurance of a glorious future.

Generally society here in the US does not put much value into our elderly. The older we get the more diminished and devalued we are. I can see it all around me. I can't fix it. I can only continue my journey with Terry in faith and hope for each new day.

No matter where you are in age, remember those older than you today and call someone you love that is older and share some joy.


"Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you." Isaiah 46:4

1 comment:

V. Bridges-Hoyt said...

Good blog! I have passed the threshold (thresh-old) of 60 but still feel the same as always in my mind. I feel youthful until I'm around twenty-somethings who consider a few wrinkles or gray hairs change the way one thinks. This was most demonstrated to me one day at Kroger's checkout lane as the clerk assumed I wouldn't know how to work the technology of the counter keypad and he was really very condescending about it. I thanked him nicely, then invited him to view my blogs and website. I now understand how "youth is wasted on the young" and wonder if attitudes will ever grow more respectful of age and wisdom. With so many boomers growing older, you'd think that would change. Enjoyed your post, Laurie. You gave me a good laugh. Vernita

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