Answers

By   •   January 10, 2011   •   Topics: ,

elderly woman

Q:

I'm in my 80s, and I wish God would just take me to heaven. I don't have any reason to keep living—my family on the other side of the country, confined to a nursing home, health getting worse. What would you say to someone like me?


A:

Old age isn’t an easy time for most people but that doesn’t mean God has abandoned you, or that He doesn’t have a reason for keeping you here. God’s promise is true for every believer: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Instead of seeing each day as a burden, begin each morning by thanking God for giving you the gift of another day. Then approach it just like you would any other gift—expectantly, waiting to see what God has in store for you that day. Learn to thank Him for the small things He gives you, and take time also to look back over your life and thank Him for all He’s done for you. The Bible says, “Give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

In addition, ask God to make you a source of happiness to those around you—to the staff, to visitors, to those you see every day. All around you are people who are lonely and discouraged, and they need your friendship. Ask God to help you encourage them and tell them of Christ’s love.

Most of all, keep your eyes on heaven. Our time on this earth is brief, but heaven is forever. Even when life’s burdens press upon us we have hope, because of Christ’s death and resurrection. Never forget: “Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published but you will receive our next BGEA ministry update. You can opt out of future emails at any time.

19 Comments

  1. BAGARUKAYO says:

    Glory to our God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! I thank Him for this encouraging answer, indeed its good when we put the word of God into practice as it is in 1 Thess. because whenever we thank God, it pleases Him so much and He comes down to fight for us or help us in any situation, and above all when we give Him thanks our hearts are watered with peace that comes from Him which is beyond any human understanding. Our God be praised.

  2. Lily Bateman says:

    Love your inspiration and steadfast hope in Christ alone….to Gid be the GLORY forever regardless of life’s unceasing challenges and unrelenting darkness.

  3. Paul Wesley Bowen says:

    Thank you. I am getting up to the age (74) when I do wonder if I am really helping … or perhaps hindering? This helped.

  4. Tawnia Achilles says:

    I am 68 and I’ve been a quad for 40 years. I have MS. My friend Anne has been caring for me for 20 years. Now for health reasons she may not be able to continue caring for me. Please pray for us. She is 75. Thank you for the great answer. I have belong to to Jesus for many years and read the Bible faithfully every day! Waiting for that day. I will see His face!

  5. Anita Antoniak says:

    Enjoying this site 🙂

  6. Margie Parrish says:

    I am in my 75th year, and I can relate to feeling useless and sometimes in the way. I have actively worked at getting back into the Bible, and it is becoming alive to me again. I joined Franklin online, and I prayed with him as he prayed for our country at both the Republican and Democratic conventions, and I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit as I waited for Franklin to come online. When he asked us to pray aloud as we prayed with him, I did, and tears began streaming down my face. I support the Decision American Tour with prayer and money because it takes money to do what he is doing.

  7. Inez Corey says:

    I will be 80 September 4th and have multiple arthritic issues but I feel I must keep positive in my faith and thankful for all Christ sacrificed for each of us ! The example we set as we age may help some or all of those around us especially our families as they age and remember how it was for thier elders or parents ! Sharing thankfulness during thier visits and phone calls may help them be stronger in thier daily struggles.t