Last Saturday, I was asked to write and give an invocation at theÂ PerennialGen Workshop in Wheaton, ILwith the theme, “Growing Sage (wise) in the Second Half of Life”. Perhaps you will relate to this prayer I prayed for all of us there that morning.
Oh, God, ourÂ help in ages past
All the ages weâ€™veÂ ever been
ages we areÂ now
ages we’ve yet to be,
Each one presenting new challenges
for weâ€™ve never been that age before.
The age when we hope Jesus wonâ€™t return
before the big party
before we get the degree and the job to go with it
the engagement ring and the wedding band
before we became
mothers,Â grandmothers, aunts
business women, entrepreneurs.
The age when heaven seems
nearer than before
when we pray Jesus Â will take us home
content to go
longing to be with loved ones
Thereâ€™s age of
dreaming big dreams
making it happen.
the age when we doubt our dreams
the age we begin to realize
not all our dreams will come true
and you have been here all along and
are still here for the letting go.
There is the age of productivity
our lives full of
when we feel like we will live forever
ourÂ parents always there for us.
Thereâ€™s the age we see our parents caring
for their parents
when we donâ€™t stop to think much about
us caring for them someday
The age we know we will
and the wondering how will we do it
the age we are in the middle of it all
There is the age it dawns on us
the years beforeÂ us
are far less than
the yearsÂ behindÂ us
God, it frightens some of us,
I suppose all of us at some point
and we wonder if weâ€™ll finish well.
Thereâ€™s the age we find
theÂ numberÂ of our friends matter less than
theÂ qualityÂ of ourÂ friends
those whoÂ listen with their hearts
willing to be vulnerable in sharing
their lives and wisdom with us.
Thereâ€™s the age
when the things
we wanted to become
are less important
than who we are becoming.
And vocation is not our job, rather
who we are
wherever we are
by the time we are in our second half of life
we know things learned only in the
crucible of pain and loss.
and we look back and see you
never wasted our suffering when we
cooperated with you.
Weâ€™ve learned we donâ€™t have to respond
to each opportunity presented to us
now content with responding to needs
taking into account how we are wired
more aware of our limitations.
We find we are quick to listen
less likely to offer solutions
for we have learned presence
is more important than advice
And some things will never be resolved
this side of heaven.
You, oh God, have been our help in ages past.
and youâ€™ll be our hope for years to come
Continue to be our guide while life shall last
and be our eternal home.
Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame
From everlasting you are God,
through endless years the same.
May we continue to
as we move
We have seen your faithfulness
in our yesterdays.
May we trust you
for our todays
and our tomorrows
In Jesusâ€™ name we pray,
This prayer first appeared 9/16/2018Â ThePerennialGen blog