SAGES is a ministry of discipleship to seniors, the elders (not necessarily elderly) of the Church.
The intent of SAGES is to encourage elders to tap into the wisdom of their years and experience. Elders have experienced many of the trials and travails that those around us: family, friends, co-workers, church members, etc., are currently facing. We have endured those travails with various levels of success and failure and our testimonies may be relevant. Not only our testimonies, but our heartfelt prayers as well. First, the promises God made to us are still being fulfilled. When we called on the Lord for salvation He answered with a commotion! Psalm 18 says He moved heaven and earth and sent from on high and took us and pulled us out of many troubles. Hebrews 7:25 says the One sent is able to save us to the uttermost!
He saves constantly, consistently, and completely!! (Oops! Feel like preaching!) He is saving us! Our situation may not feel so good at times; we may think we are forsaken, that God has forgotten His promises and can’t see our circumstance. Nothing is further from the truth!! Maintain your integrity (more on this later). When Job was allowed to suffer the attack of satan, his wife questioned his innocence and told him to curse God and die. Job did maintain his integrity and ultimately showed us all how to suffer. Not only that, God used him to pray for those who misunderstand the character of God. Maintain your integrity; your strength of character, your steadfast faith in God, your confident expectation (hope) of and for the plan of God. Remember the positives as well as the “negatives” and praise the Lord in spite of your doubts.
The Word of God (Incarnate and Inspired) is your power!
Don’t study to see what it means – read it and do what is says. (Trust God to say exactly what He means.)
You (elders; seniors) are sages. You are the wise, the experienced, the strong in faith. You are not the needy – they are. You are the powerful in prayer so pray for them!! No pity parties – prayer and petition purposes!
Sage – fr. Sapius, sapere, i.e. to taste, have good taste, be wise. Wise through reflection and experience…see Webster “sage” also sagacious