Shelby G. Floyd

It is a beautiful day to come together to remember our Lord Jesus Christ, to study his word and to praise God’s name.


I am speaking on the subject of the art of gracefully growing older. Someone said, “The trick to gracefully growing older is to enjoy it.” That is a good thought. You can enjoy growing older, because no one criticizes you because you’re not out working every day. If you go out to eat at the restaurant two three times each week, that is all right also. There are a lot of things that you can do and get by with when you are older, that people criticize you when you are younger. So getting older is not all that bad, especially if you learn to enjoy getting older.

We can be like Sarah’s grandpa who quoted this poem to me one time:

I get up in the morning,
And read the obits,
If I don’t see my name,
I know I am not dead.
So I eat a good breakfast,
And go back to bed.

And that’s okay too!

Our Scripture reading today was that beautiful passage in the book of Ecclesiastes 12:1-7. That statement is a figurative expression of some of the things that we have to face as we grow older. For example, “the almond tree flourishes” refers to the time when the old man’s hair turns gray or white. “The grinders cease” is talking about losing some of your teeth as you grow older. “The strong men tremble” is talking about your arms and legs that lose some of their power and strength in old age. And that is one of the first things you notice as you grow older. Continue reading “GRACEFULLY GROWING OLDER”