Reflections on Aging Well

Author, Living with Purpose in a Worn-out Body: Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults (Upper Room) and Columnist, Aging Well, United Methodist Reporter

Meeting God in a taxi cab September 22, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — missybu @ 9:10 am

This morning, a taxi driver picked me up at the retirement community where I spoke to residents last night. He asked me where I was from and what I was doing in Des Moines. When I explained that I write books for older adults and often speak to residents of retirement communities, he broke into a big grin.  Turns out he had seen my books and had remembered the “Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body” title. 

He continued to tell me about elderly residents he picks up weekly just so they can enjoy the outside world.  Sometimes they don’t have a particular destination… they just want to get out and about. Turns out he also regularly visits several older adults in one of the centers and has an obvious compassion for them. He told me about one 93 year-old man who often comes down to meet the taxi without his cane or his hearing aids. The driver said he reminds the older man that he needs his cane and his hearing aid, then waits patiently while he goes back upstairs to get them. 

The ride to the airport seemed to fly by. As the driver took my bag from the trunk, we shared a farewell. I knew I had glimpsed God at work in the life of a taxi driver.

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2 Responses to “Meeting God in a taxi cab”

  1. Doug Hagler Says:

    Very cool. Everyone can be in ministry. EVERYONE. You help me remember that daily, Missy.

  2. Kim Coulter Says:

    Makes my heart sing that God is alive in Des Moines! Pretty cool – so cool that I want to use it in our next Newsletter with proper credit, if that’s okay with you.

    The people in our Des Moines Presbytery are very interested in learning about Older Adult Ministry. In fact, they are giving out an award at our next quarterly meeting, Nov. 9 to an adult 65 years or older who actively lives out his/her faith in service to the church and community. The ‘Outstanding Older Adult Award’ form asked:

    In one page or less, elaborate specifically on how the nominee (a faithful member of a church within the Presbytery of Des Moines) fulfills the following criteria. Please focus exclusively on her/his life after age 60.
    •What contributions has the nominee made in the life of his/her congregation and community since reaching the age of 60?
    •How is this person a role model to other generations and his/her own generation as to how to live fully, particularly in their later years?
    •How have his/her gifts and talents been exhibited, particularly in creative ways?
    •How does this person’s life bear witness to Christ working in him or her?


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