The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap, showing that the lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. Psalm 92:12-15 (NRSV)
As one of her contributions to her family, Mary Louise Stetser's grandmother would rip up old clothes into strips, sew the strips together, and roll them into balls. She then used a large wooden hook to crochet the rags into colorful rugs. They were sometimes long, like a hall runner, or sometimes small to lay beside a bed. When getting out of bed in the mornings, it was a comfort not to feel that cold floor in an unheated bedroom but instead to set feet onto a soft rug. Those old clothes were no longer good for their original purpose but were now useful in a different way.
As we grow older, we may sometimes feel that we have outlived our usefulness. But God always has a purpose for our lives. We may not be able to do tasks that were easy for us when we were younger, but along the way we have gained knowledge and insight that we can share with others. Even into our senior years we can seek new ways to glorify God and serve others.
Prayer: Gracious God, help us not to focus on what we cannot do but instead on what we can do to be useful in your service, in Jesus' name, amen.