Watermelon and Twilight

‘That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest’.

Of course, this quote from Henry David Thoreau should have been written: ‘That human is richest…

I was sitting on the deck , eatling ripe watermelon slices , and watching the twilight last evening. Because of our northern latitude, the sky puts on a long twilight spectacle after sunny days. Some young friends came over to watch with me.

The stage of life after age 65 is often referred to as the twilight of one’s life. During this time one can look back over many satisfying years.

As we allow the Lord to lead us, He gently guides us through every obstacle and difficulty. Looking back over our lives we can see how often we have been blessed.

Christians are never guaranteed easy lives, but we are promised that God is with us through every challenge.

Erik Erikson, the Psychologist refers to the twilight of a happy life as the stage of ‘Integrity’.

He also describes that this stage of life can end up quite differently if it has been lived selfishly, without any thought of pleasing God and neighbour. A selfish life can result in what he calls a state of ‘Despair’

This stage is characterized by regret, anger and bitterness. We always reap what we sow, especially in spiritual matters.

Let us decide each day to allow the Lord to guide our lives. Then, the twilight of our lives will be a time of satisfaction and beauty. Thus we will enter the life stage of ‘Integrity’

‘Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come,

‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,

And grace will lead me home’ (Amazing Grace)

Photo by Sally

37 thoughts on “Watermelon and Twilight

  1. I prefer it is a great opportunity to do what you never had time for, an opportunity to minister to people- PRAY, bake, mentor, craft, visit- and that is the best use of time. Love the wiser, more mature generation.πŸ˜ƒβ€

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  2. I find this very moving. It’s absolutely true that we reap what we sow (even although we may doubt/ ignore this truth when we are younger). I am grateful I met Christ early in life. It has helped to protect me from some poor decisions – even although doing the right thing was tough at the time. I am so grateful to be able to look back now and say “I have been blessed.” Yes, “It’s grace that led me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.” Thanks Sally.

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  3. Integrity is an interesting description of happy twilight years. One definition of integrity is aligning your conduct with what you know to be excellent. A great time for helping others and being Jesus’ hands and feet. πŸ’—πŸŒΊ

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  4. Greetings Sally. Just a note to say that I enjoy the thoughtfulness and relatability of your blog, your economy of words, and the perspective you bring. Your posts are both simple and meaningful.

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  5. Beautiful photo and a beautiful thought. The wisdom you share means even more because you are an actual satisfied customer, Sally. You have β€œ tasted and seen” that the Lord is good!

    Blessings.

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  6. I love this thought: the “twilight of a happy life [is] the stage of β€˜Integrity’.” I looked up that word “integrity” and discovered it 36 times in the NIV Bible. It is the symbol of a life lived without regret. At 82, nothing is more important to me than to have God see my life as one that exemplifies integrity! I can tell that is your quest, too!
    Psalm 41:11-12
    “11 I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me. 12 Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.”

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    1. Thanks so much, Jan, for researching this very interesting information.
      May God grant us the grace to continue living happy lives of integrity. πŸŒΌπŸ€—πŸŒ·

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  7. Beautiful post and beautiful photo Sally. Often the senior years are referred to as the “golden years”, but many find difficulty in unearthing the gold. At 76, I find retirement very satisfactory. I have much more time to pray and read the Word. It has been a time of deepening my relationship with the Lord. I have more time to talk to people on the phone. This year I haven’t had the opportunity to do any day trips with my friend, but am hoping to do so later this month if there is anything open that we are interested in.

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    1. Hi Diane ! It’s so nice to hear from you. I’ve been thinking of you.
      I agree that the golden years are a beautiful time to draw closer to the Lord. He equips us for ministry at every stage of our lives.
      I hope that you will be able to enjoy more trips. Blessings and peace to you. πŸŒΌπŸ€—

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      1. Thank you. I was so far behind in my e-mail for a while that I just didn’t get to reading blogs and I missed that. I deleted thousands of unread e-mails the other night so now I don’t feel so overwhelmed. I knew I could never read them all, so just “took the bull by the horns” so to speak. Then I fell 3 weeks ago and couldn’t go anywhere for a couple of weeks. My knee is pretty much recovered now, and nothing was broken, but it did keep me out of circulation. So what better way to put my time to use? πŸ™‚

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      2. Glad that your knee is feeling better, Diane. It was amazing that I was thinking about you, and then heard from you.
        Glad that you are doing well. πŸŒΌπŸ€—πŸŒ·

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  8. A good post and a beautiful picture. I’m reminded of the verse in Psalms that says in our twilight years(that’s paraphrased) we who are God’s will bear more fruit.

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    1. Ah, thanks for sharing this, Donna.
      Yes, so true, and comforting.
      We have walked with the Lord for a long time, and have had our faith strengthened, and yes, we continue to bear fruit. πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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