last week i had the honor of having heart-to-heart conversations with several older adults.  men and women who have lived full lives, who have studied, married, had children, lived in community, traveled, loved, lost, and have gained wisdom.  for the first time, i’m looking forward to my future and smiling about this idea of being middle aged with most of life behind me.  i want to live a rich life with deep relationships, thinking through the important things and living them out consistently before God and people in my community.