31 Days of Aging Gracefully: Day 29 — Leaning In


My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:26

Do you see that old bird up there? He’s leaning on one foot, leaning toward his strong side, leaning so that he can stay erect. That’s exactly the kind of old bird I hope I am and will continue to be — one who knows when to lean. And where.

You all know I’m hoping that these sunset years are going to take a good long time for me, that the winding down will be slow and steady, that the life I love will slowly change and undoubtedly diminish, but that it will still be real and meaningful and resilient. Not one of us can know what the years ahead will bring us. The one thing that is certain is that these years will end at some point in the future. But until that day comes, O, Lord! Help me to lean in, to lean on, to lean toward, to lean.


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  1. Amen, Diana! Leaning with you. On Christ the solid Rock, on daily mercy and grace, on strength for the journey and friends holding hands, on Love’s embrace when life topples us and on hope for the future. Here’s to it, with expectation of ageing gracefully and ageing well. 🙂 x

  2. Leaning upon the Lord more and more each day. Blessings, Diana!

  3. Oh, yes. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.