Aging with Hope

Aug 4, 2023

Retreat presenter, Sharon Scibek will lead today’s “From Age-ing to Sage-ing” retreat. She’ll share resources and techniques to help participants embrace their journey and wisdom gained. What can you do today to embrace the aging process? We leave this wise quote by Henri Nouwen to guide your own journey with hope and expectancy.


Waiting patiently in expectation does not necessarily get easier as we become older. On the contrary, as we grow in age we areaging to saging, embracing aging retreat tempted to settle down in a routine way of living and say: “Well, I have seen it all. … There is nothing new under the sun. … I am just going to take it easy and take the days as they come.” But in this way our lives lose their creative tension. We no longer expect something really new to happen. We become cynical or self-satisfied or simply bored.

The challenge of aging is waiting with an ever-greater patience and an ever- stronger expectation. It is living with an eager hope. It is trusting that through Christ “we have been admitted into God’s favour … and look forward exultantly to God’s glory” (Romans 5:2).

~Henri Nouwen