Hello from the great state of Montana! I am privileged to be visiting my mom and siblings this week. Visiting my home community with my siblings is always fodder for interesting interactions and musings. It seems I come face-to-face with myself in humorous ways. So, who knows what will happen this week!

So, Mom and I made a quick stop at the grocery store the other day. It never fails when I go into a store, I wonder if I know anyone. I scour the faces and ask, “are any of these people my classmates?” After almost forty years, I suppose we have all changed quite a bit.

As I stood in the check out line, I noticed a couple, probably in their 30’s, in the lane facing me. I admit, I wondered if I knew them. Then I glanced at the man in front of me in line. He was older, gray thinning hair, evidence of age all over him.

At this point, I laughed right out loud. Of course, the man in front of me was much more likely to have been in school with me than the couple across the way. I might know their parents!

It was a good reality check. Inside, I don’t feel old. On the outside, there might be a few signs of aging. But these are not to be despised or even run from, rather embraced! Just look what scripture has to say about getting old!

32“Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the Lord.

Leviticus 19:32

14Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.

Psalm 92:14

12Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old.

Job 12:12

No matter where you are in life, enjoy it! Embrace all there is to experience and don’t fear what is to come. It’s all good!

Come back tomorrow for more Musings from Montana!

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