Aging With Grace


Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.

Proverbs 16:31

We do everything we can to hold on to our youth as much as possible. Getting old definitely has its inconveniences; however, growing old in the Lord is a privilege. Even though the outer person is fading away with wrinkles, gray hairs, and fragile bones, the inward person is renewed every day in the presence of the Lord (2 Corinthians 4:16).

Once a week I pray with two people years older than myself. Over the last 10 years, they’ve invested much prayer and wisdom in my life. I’ve appreciated the godly example that they live out before me. One day I hope to exemplify their grace in aging. What does it mean to have a C-R-O-W-N of glory in the Lord?

C – Calmness in the midst of chaos (Psalm 131:2).
When they’ve seen God come through in the past, they have a certain confidence in the Lord to do great things. Their faith in God brings peace and comfort to those who are struggling with doubt.

R – Reflection and pause when giving godly counsel (Proverbs 16:23).
They don’t give hasty advice; rather, they are careful to speak truth and knowledge to those who are willing to listen. Their advice is solid and grounded in the Scriptures.

O – Order their steps according to God’s word (Psalm 119:104).
They know that every day is a gift from God. As a result, they are more prone to say, “If it’s the Lord’s will, I will do this.”

W – Wait on the Lord with patience and strength (Isaiah 40:31).
Since they’ve had time to wait on the Lord, they are well aware of His best timing. They leave anxiousness alone and instead rest on God’s promises.

N – Never stop praying and interceding for people (Ephesians 6:18).
Many of them will not see all of their prayers answered in their lifetime, yet they will continue to pray for loved ones until their last breath.


Dear Lord, I want to respect and honor the godly examples of older Christians whom You have placed in my life. Help me to listen more carefully to their advice. Amen.

In His Service,

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