To me, there are few things in life more exhilarating than standing in the middle of a choir and lifting your voice in harmony with others. Making music is a pure act of beauty.
Some people have the misconception that life slows down in old age. As a chaplain serving a retirement community, I know that our latter years can be times of bustling activity, shenanigans, purpose, and flourishing. The prophet Anna is a great example of a person being fully engaged at any age.
The story of the angel telling Mary that “the Son of the Most High” will be born through her is so familiar that I’m often tempted to gloss over it and get right to Christmas, to the shepherds and all heaven rejoicing.