Here’s this week’s lectionary reflection.
Growing old is not for the weak.
This past summer, my partner and I were busy shuttling between Minnesota and Michigan to move my parents from their house of over 40 years to a senior housing apartment complex on the other side. It was getting difficult for my octogenerian parents to maneuver around the house. The neighborhood they lived in, on the northside of my hometown of Flint, Michigan had become more and more dicey, especially in the last few years as the auto industry imploded. Moving my parents allowed me to see how aging is not something for the weak. The independence that one had in their youth and middle ages is not as present. Your body just doesn’t work like it used to. You become more dependent on others. It’s just not easy to be elderly.