Rachel Guerrero, 21

Rachel - Grandpa2Earlier this year, my grandpa had a serious heart attack, or as he describes it, “a minor coronary incident.” Because his triple bypass surgery required months of recovery, Grandpa had to take a break from many of his usual activities, such as teaching Sunday school classes, leading weekly prayer meetings, and providing legal help for people in the community. Grandma was wise enough to plan a vacation during their church’s annual neighborhood work project; otherwise, Grandpa would have been out there with the younger folk, working all day, standing on ladders, scraping and painting houses. Since Grandpa has a little extra time on his hands these days, he has been using it to write a book about the important things he has learned through his lifelong study of scripture.

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree. . . .
They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green.
Psalm 92:12a, 14 (NIV)

Because our culture often glorifies youth, some of us assume that the elderly have “had their day” and are no longer productive members of society. My grandpa and countless others like him prove that idea to be false. I hope that in another 40 or 50 years I’ll be doing as much to serve the Lord as my grandpa is doing today.


REFLECT: What older person do you admire who is active and still making a difference in his or her community? What can you learn from him or her about how to age gracefully?

Rachel Guerrero, 21 , is a writer from Hudsonville, Michigan.

—from devozine (May/June 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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