I've never been an obituary reader, but over the past year, I've paid more attention to the ages of those who are being written about. And I've noticed that a whole lot more of them are around my age. In my mind, this means that I need to carefully pick where I want to concentrate my attention.
Life circumstances can turn on a dime at any age, but it seems to happen more quickly when you're older. Am I ready? In my spare moments while going up and down steps, walking in the neighborhood, cleaning out the garage, I try to both strengthen both my physical and my spiritual heart. They both need to be strong as I enter this next phase of my life.
In reading a biography about a young woman who suffered through a virulent case of cancer where she transparently writes about the experience, I came across this quote:
In the absence of comforts and friends, is Jesus enough?
Her name is Kara Tippetts and her book is "The Hardest Peace"--expecting grace in the midst of life's hard. Her writing as lit a spark in my thinking about how to deal with what lies ahead.