The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.-Psalm 23
It has been said: getting old isn’t easy, but the alternative is worse. Most people carry a fear of both dying and of growing old. But, surveys show that older people are usually happier than anyone else. And as Christians, the core of our faith is that death indeed holds no power. [hear sermon audio]
This week, take some time to dive into these scriptures and questions during your devotion time.
- Take a look at the Service of Death and Resurrection in the United Methodist Hymnal (#870) or online at umcdiscipleship.org. Make a plan for your service. What scriptures would you like read? What hymns or songs sung? Notice how you feel during the process. What questions does it raise for you about dying?
- Ask a guide: Invite to lunch someone you consider to be in the “next stage of life”. Ask them about their experience of aging and what they have learned along the way. Share your fears about growing older and see how they respond.
- Find a song you hope would summarize your life when you die. Share it in our Facebook group or on Twitter and Instagram (tag us @dpumc).