Positive Messages: Ways to “Look on the Bright Side” through Scripture
While the Golden Years are supposed to be a time of enjoyment, with age there can also be some difficult hurdles seniors must endure. However, when challenges arise, as it inevitable at any age, Fellowship Square invites seniors and their caretakers to turn to scripture to help seniors find positive messages of perseverance.
When seniors are struggling through difficult times, whether they have recently lost a loved one, feel alone or burdened by health troubles, scripture that inspires hope and perseverance can be a much-needed light during a dark day. The following bible versus could be helpful to those that need hope and strength:
- Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. ~ Matthew 11:28
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13
- For God didn't give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. ~2 Timothy 1:7
- May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. ~Romans 15:13
Unfortunately, fear can also be a constant in seniors’ lives. Those that suffer with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease may feel anxieties caused by everyday life, while others may fear the unknown future. With the warmth of these versus, seniors and their caretakers can rest assured that there is no room for fear in the house of the Lord:
- For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 8:38-39
- Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. ~2 Corinthians 4:16-18
- Be strong and of good courage, do nor fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you not forsake you. ~Deuteronomy 31:6
As a family member, caretaker or loved one, it’s important to understand the fear, hopelessness and anxieties that seniors may be experiencing. Spending time praying together, reading scripture, or attending bible study and mass can be a great way not only to bond with them but also fill their souls with the important, and inspirational words of God.