I find that as I get older, I also get more religious. I think that’s the case for a number of us senior citizens.
As we get older, we start to see that we are not immortal. When parts of our bodies stop working, or at least not working properly; and gait gets a bit slower, we start to realize that we are mere mortals. As kids, we thought we could do almost anything, but as seniors, we understand that we would be happy just to be able to do anything.
I was born and raised Lutheran, including going to a Lutheran school from Kindergarten to 8th grade. The problem was that as kids, we didn’t take our religious training as seriously as we should have. Then, after I got out of High School (public), I went into the Navy for the next 20 years. During the first 18 of those years I did not go to church or read my bible; I said my prayers nightly, but that was the extent of it.
One day while driving home from work, I looked at my wife and asked her if she would be interested in going to church. Fortunately, she said yes; and that started my return to my faith journey. Now there is a saying that says “going to church no more make me a Christian than sitting in a garage makes me a car”. However, we all had to start somewhere.
Over the last 25 years my wife and I have been very fortunate finding excellent churches, with equally excellent Pastors and congregations. I also started reading my bible more; but not as W. C. Fields did, looking for loopholes.
I still have a long way to go in my life journey (at least I hope I have some years to go), and I still have a lot to learn and a lot to make atonement for.
The older we get, the closer to or further from God we become. It’s our choice, make sure we make it in time.