Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov

“The days of our years are threescore years and ten” — Psalm 90:10

Posted in Uncategorized by Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov on 19 April 2019

When I was in my early 20s, it seemed that I understood everything, and if I was wrong at times, it seemed to be no more than anyone else. Now, in my 40s, I look at the 20-year-olds and they seem immature, silly even, lacking in life experience. This is not to say that they do not have good ideas, insights, inspiration, courage, and all that. Of course, they do! But just look at your 5-year-old. She also has good ideas, insights, inspiration, courage, and all that… but she is still only five, and you look, and smile. I often find myself looking at the 20-year-olds and smiling (or grimacing–depending on what they are up to).

And this made me wonder, are the 60-year-olds looking at us, the 40-year-olds, and smiling or grimacing at our lack of maturity and life experience?

And even more interestingly, are the 80- and 90-year-olds looking at all of us–the whole world–and smile, grimace, or just shake their heads? And just imagine how much head-shaking the 900-year-old Adam had to do looking at those silly 80-year-olds around him!?

 

 

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