Everyone has a story.
Ms. Thelma was in her 80s when we met while working on a community project. Recently, her health began to fail, and I found myself sitting at her kitchen table discussing quality of life. I realized how much I didn’t know about her.
Adults over age 65 represent one of the fastest-growing demographics. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by 2030, 1 in 5 residents will be over age 65. Research suggests many people over age 65 do not identify as saved (Pew Research). Many feel hopeless or forgotten.
Psalm 71:9 says, “Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone” (NIV).
Ms. Thelma, now in her 90s, represents a mission field. Have we maximized opportunities to listen, learn and engage with older adults?
I challenge you to ensure we aren’t failing the frail of body, mind or spirit by excluding them from the gospel. Let’s commit to praying for the 65-and-up generation today, while intentionally looking for ways to reach them with the love of Jesus.
Prayer + Reflection
- Ask the Lord to send a spirit of revival in the older generation as “old men shall dream dreams” again (Acts 2:17, NKJV).
- Ask God for a new strategy on how to comprehensively disciple, evangelize and empower older adults in your church and community.
- Pray for generational wisdom not to pass away, that hope, healing and restoration will still be sought by those nearing the end of their earthly lives.