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We are “AHA” people in the Lord!

Editor’s Note: This is a guest column from the chaplain at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.  In a nod to our Presbyterian heritage, we will be periodically sharing columns from our community chaplains in your Community Matters newsletter.

By Dinah Dutta, Chaplain

I led a Bible study using the book “Joyfully Aging” by Richard Bimler. He gave himself the title, Ambassador of Health, Hope, and Aging or AH-HA. He wrote, “All believers in Christ are AHA people,” because the resurrection of Christ is the biggest “aha” of all.

We hear so much about how to care for our physical health, which is very important. Unfortunately, our society has convinced people that after a certain age, people lose their significance and purpose in life. However, when I think of spiritual or physical health these days, I think of my relationship not only with God but also the relationships we have with each other as a community of PMMA. Here at Presbyterian Manor, many of our residents have a long life. When I visit them, I learn that their faith in Christ is the key to their longevity.

Recently, during a memorial service for one of our residents, Rev. Henry shared how strong roots are important for a plant to grow. He shared that being rooted in faith is as important as the roots of the plant for us to live and grow as well. His message stuck in my head. Yes, when we are rooted in Christ, trusting Him and His promises, our physical and spiritual health remains strong.

My dear PMMA family, as we focus on our wellness without being anxious about growing old or aging, I want to invite you to join me to focus on these simple things Bilmer shared in his book and age JOYFULLY.

1. Thank the Lord daily for life itself. Thank the Lord for the open roads as well as the detours.
2. Remember our baptism. We are redeemed in Christ.
3. Spend time with people. Talk to them. Listen to them. Share your life experiences.
4. Bring encouraging words to younger and older people every day. Be an encourager to all.

Dear ones, most importantly let us continue to stay alive in Christ!

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7)

Dinah Dutta is chaplain at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence, Kansas.

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