Crown of Glory

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Daily Reading: 1 Kings 7:1-50, Acts 7:30-50, Psalm 128:1-6, Proverbs 16:31-33

Daily Verse: “Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.” Prov. 16:31

Crown of glory.

In a world full of people trying to hide their gray hair, Solomon describes it as a crown of glory. Living a righteous life gets rewarded with longevity, which comes with gray locks.

Today’s verse makes me think of my mom, who didn’t have time to color her hair, raising three kids, and taking care of a disabled husband—a righteous woman who enjoyed a long life.

Now, I’m “going gray.”  Letting my natural hair color shine also helps me transition into the later part of life, letting go of the mistakes of my youth, forgiving myself of my transgressions, and trusting God more than ever. Realizing I have fewer years ahead of me than behind helps me appreciate each moment more.

Life moves quickly as you begin to talk about decades instead of years. Gray hair signifies the victories and defeats that come with a long life, each day a gift from above.

Wear the crown of glory, gray hair, signifying a long walk with God and anticipation of what will come someday.

Lord, thank You for a long life lived with You.  Forgive us for trying to hide the crown of glory. As we transition into the second part of life, help us accept what comes with aging. Let us see ourselves as You see us. IJNIP. Amen

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