Thoughts on moving, mortality, aging

Thoughts on moving, mortality, aging

The old English bard, William Shakespeare, speaking through the Chief Justice said in Henry IV, Part 2: “Have you not a moist eye, a dry hand, a yellow cheek, a white beard, a decreasing leg, an increasing belly? Is not your voice broken, your wind short, your chin double, your wit single, and every part about you blasted with antiquity, and will you yet call yourself young?” And in the same play, through Hastings, said: “We are time’s subjects, and time bids be gone.”

This past week, I spent a couple days moving my mother into a senior’s apartment. It was quite a chore, having to downsize her into smaller quarters, and for her to give up and let go of some valued treasures, as well as her pride in being independent. Her philosophical/theological commentary on it was: “Nothing stays the same, life is full of changes.”

On the upside, the family members, including yours truly, have much less anxiety over her safety and the opportunity for her to live in the senior’s community with various social programs, meals, and even regular, weekly worship services. For that we are most grateful.

However, the downsizing and move into smaller quarters is a reminder to me anyways, of our mortality, the aging process, and preparation for death. Even though commercials selling products like “Oil of Olay” promise eternal youth—we know deep down in our souls that we are mortals, grow old, and eventually die. The necessity of downsizing also reminds me of two things. First, we are a materialistic culture and place way too much value and status in our earthly possessions. Second, as Jesus said: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt 6:19-2; Lk 12:32-34) As we all know, one person’s treasures is another person’s junk—and vice-versa. What/Whom do you treasure?







About dimlamp
I am, among other things, a sojourner, a sinner-saint, a baptized, life-long learner and follower of Jesus, and Lutheran pastor. Dim Lamp: gwh photos:

One Response to Thoughts on moving, mortality, aging

  1. Gene says:

    We is all old.

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