Jodie A. Wolfe got bitten by the writing bug as a young girl after reading and watching Little House on the Prairie. She loves writing stories about feisty heroines and strong, godly heroes. The power of story to influence lives and change hearts is what motivates her to weave tales that tell of the Savior’s faithfulness and forgiveness. For the past seven years she has written a regular column in Home School Enrichment magazine. She achieved semi-finalist status in the 2013 ACFW Genesis Contest and 3rd place in the 2015 Novel Beginnings category at the St. David’s Christian Writer’s Conference.
by Jodie Wolfe
“The ways of right-living people glow with light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine.”
Proverbs 4:18 (The Message)
I’m 50 and I attend my church’s senior life group. Now it might not be what you expect. 🙂 My husband and I actually help out with the group.
We came upon the ministry in an unusual way. Our Sunday School class met upstairs in our church. Only problem was, my husband had torn his calf muscle and found handling stairs to be very difficult on crutches. So we needed another option. The only classes that met on the main level were the ones for senior adults. We tried out a class for a couple weeks and it was good, just not exactly what we were looking for.
A friend we knew from choir invited us to attend her class, so we decided to give it a try… and yes, it too was a senior life class. Leading up to this time my husband and I had felt God prompting us to a new ministry and we wondered if the older folks of the church was where we would be best suited.
This new class was refreshing – they loved the Lord, loved to learn and loved to laugh. They made us feel at home even though for some we are ‘young’ enough to be their kids. We had the sensation of ‘coming home’ and knew we were where God wanted us to be.
Being involved in the class led to being a part of the planning committee for the ‘senior life’ ministry. At our last meeting we were working on coming up with a new name for the group… one that didn’t have a stigma of ‘old’.
A lot of the names of the ministries in our church are related to fire names – because of our desire to be on fire for the Lord. Last night I came across the verse written above and knew it conveyed my thoughts when it comes to the older generation.
One of the reasons I love working with the ‘seniors’ is that they have such wisdom and love of life. They are able to slow down, listen and pray when you ask them to. I love hearing their stories and how God has worked through their lives. They remind me of glowing embers… still able to burn brightly. Their love for the Lord shines brighter as they get closer to spending eternity with their Savior. Isn’t that how we should be, the longer we’ve walked with Christ?
I pray that my life will be a bright beacon like theirs – pointing others to Jesus. Taking time to spend with people, seeing a need and meeting it, provide a listening ear. The list could go on and on. I think the greatest thing I’ve enjoyed with spending time with the senior group is their ability to not take themselves so seriously, to laugh and have a zest for life.
It saddens me that most don’t take time to get to know the older generation. They have so much they can offer and are willing to give.
Take some time this week to get to know someone in your church that you maybe have never spoken to before. You may find God leading you to a new ministry. 🙂