Lord, please don't let me become an old grouch. Those are words that have been a part of my daily prayers for years. I mean, really, who ever would want to become all soured up, ill tempered and hard to be around? Anyway, our pastor is in his mid forties now and in the past few years you can tell he's been thinking a lot about aging by things he says in his sermons. Sometimes he's quite funny about it as he compares himself to the oldest person in the congregation, who is in his late eighties and at seventy-nine was telling us all that he was just "getting broke in good". Recently, the pastor started talking about including in his prayers the same thing that has been in mine for so long. Lord, please don't let me become and old grouch. The first time he said it I think I was really surprised. I guess I hadn't thought about those particular words being a part of anyone else's daily prayers. Judging from the number of "amens" throughout the church it seems that there are quite a few of us around and I think that's a very good thing to know. Quite cheerful.