"Well, we're not getting any younger..."—or are we?

A friend who recently had a birthday uttered that all-too-familiar statement about age: "Well, we're not getting any younger, you know." It seemed as though he were stating some kind of law, an inevitability.

I guess I agreed with him at the time, but later, as I began to think about it, the question "why?" kept coming back into thought. Why can't we grow younger instead of older?

I certainly didn't feel older, and I didn't want to "grow older" with someone else. So I reasoned, as Christian Scientists learn to do, that if I understand myself to be God's man, the real, spiritual man, then the only "growing" that I can do is to grow in my understanding of man's unity with God. In truth there is no mortal age nor, for that matter, mortal man.

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A schoolteacher's prayer
November 5, 1984

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