Rev. Dr. Wayne Chasney

Weekly Meditation

Pastor Wayne began his ministry at Monroeville in August, 1993, after graduating from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA. Pastor Wayne has his Doctorate of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a focus on ministry in the small church.

In his spare time, Pastor Wayne loves running, reading and cheering for the Minnesota Vikings.

Pastor Wayne is married to Rev. Wendy Schindler-Chasney, pastor of St. John's UCC, Milan. They have two daughters.
So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6:34)

    The signs are all there. The lenses in my glasses keep getting stronger and my grip keeps getting weaker. It takes a little more time to get my balance when I first get out of bed in the morning and a little less time to fall asleep on the couch in the afternoon. I can't run as fast as I used to and when I stupidly try anyway it takes a lot longer to recover from the effort. Yes, the signs are all there: I'm getting older.
    Some of you will surely laugh, thinking that at 50 I haven't seen anything yet. "Wait until you hit 70, or 80, or ...." I know, I know. I have seen enough people reach those milestones to know that I have only begun to experience the "pleasure" of getting older.
    At the same time, as I say, the signs are unmistakable. The writing is on the wall. I'm not as young as I used to be. But I'm not asking for your pity. You see, I'm okay with getting older.
    In his book, "On the Brink of Everything," Parker Palmer writes, "I don't want to fight the gravity of aging. It's nature's way. I want to collaborate with it as best I can..." That line really resonated with me. First off, we live in a society that does "fight the gravity of aging" every step of the way. I feel bombarded with commercials that tell me I can look younger, feel younger, regain my youthful virility - whatever that means. The message society sends is clear - getting old sucks and we should fight it every step of the way.
    It is true, as Palmer says elsewhere in the book, there are "diminishments" that accompany aging. And many of those do suck. But if we are so focused on those things that don't work as well as they used to we are likely to miss the benefits of aging. That's the second reason Parker's quote resonates with me: I want to "collaborate" with aging. Or, in my own terms, I want to befriend it, not fight it.
    The thing about friendships is that you have to take the good and the bad. And I have found much good in getting older, not the least of which is the fact that it beats the alternative. I would like to think I'm a little wiser. I know I'm a lot more patient. And going slower has allowed me to see and appreciate beauty around me I otherwise missed.
    So what if I'm lost without my glasses or I have to keep asking people to repeat themselves. And who cares if my beard is grey and my face is starting to wrinkle. As for that other stuff, well, there's probably a pill for that. I will take Jesus' advice and not worry about such things. Today's trouble is enough for today. I'm not going to worry about what tomorrow will bring. Instead, I'm going to celebrate tomorrow's gifts, just as soon as I can find my glasses.