Age and experience seem to work in our favour with regards to spiritual and emotional health. The book of Titus gives the older women encouragement to train younger women to love their husband and children as if they might just know better.
I looked at a aged string of twisted barbed wire today. It was rusty and weak - easy to break with a gloved hand. In comparison a freshly strung barb would be almost impossible to tear apart without help from work tools.
Healing comes sometimes with age and spiritual experiences. The barbed wires that held us captive seem to become easier to break off ourselves. We need less intervention from others. We recognize that life is tough and that a life committed to be a disciple of Jesus is perhaps tougher - or brings with it a different set of wiring.
I pray today for awareness of spiritual healing and joy at imparting life and wholeness to those who are caught in the sharp wires.