“The Gift of Years: The Freedom of Growing Old Gracefully”

We often associate the word “freedom” with youth. But Sr. Joan Chittister, in her book The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully invites us to embrace the special kind of freedom that aging can bring, if we are open to it.
We will use the story of Naomi, from the Book of Ruth, as our Biblical lens. The story starts with Naomi, an older widow, who is filled with bitterness because of her circumstances. This is a tale of her transformation, through a relationship and a community, to a new, vibrant, exciting chapter of her life, that becomes the envy of her neighbors.
What factors and attitudes make freedom in our later years possible?
Contemporary Reading: 
The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully 
by Sr. Joan Chittister
Scripture: The Book of Ruth, Portions of chapters 1, 3 and 4

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