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On getting old (11/18/2012)
From T.M. Schoewe

An elderly gentleman (saint) always had the same complaint. Whenever we used to visit him we’d hear “I am just no good anymore!” He had some physical pain, his eyesight was aggravatingly dim and there was the feeling of loneliness that grinds away one’s sense of being worth something.

This old gentleman was so focused on what he did not have he missed the joy of using what he did have. You know the more we can realize that we aren’t merely extras in some run-of-the-mill play but stars in God’s great creation story, the better off and happier we will be. Open your Bible and learn that God accomplished many good things through His people in their old age, when they were in their 70s, 80s or 90s, and even in their 100s at one time. Think of old Noah and the ark or John writing Revelations when they were over the 100-year mark. Think about Moses, who died at 120 after leading the Egyptians to the Promised Land, and Elizabeth, who gave birth to John the Baptist though “well along in years.”

You no doubt heard several weeks ago that comedienne Phyllis Diller died at age 95. She writes: “Sure, I’ve experienced my fair share of unhappiness, but throughout the years I’ve always tried to express and give good cheer. One of my earliest memories is of standing as a teeny little kid in Sunday school singing a hymn whose words still resonate in my ears.” ‘Brighten the corner where you are! Someone far from harbor you may guide across the bar!’” She says, “I bought it! And I sold it!” We buy it too!

Not only will God show us how we can be useful and helpful to His agenda but He also helps us along as we grow older and our bodies weaker. Listen to His Word from Isaiah (46:4) “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He Who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

So learn this, you seniors are just as valuable to our God as people of any other age. No matter how old you are, you’re younger than you’ll ever be. In spite of limitations the senior years can be rewarding. Do not be afraid of your final years as you have a God who can fill those years with some humor and confidence and meaning. You can always call on Him for what you need but be willing to let Him use you where He needs you, perhaps simply “to brighten the corner where you are.” And whenever you doubt this do not forget to look back at that Cross and see that He was there for you then and He will rescue you now. He always rescues us! Believe that!

By the way. Thanksgiving Day is coming up. Don’t forget to give thanks for your country’s blessings and think about the many daily blessings that you have been blessed with and give thanks to the Lord Whose mercies never end. The spirit of Thanksgiving promotes longevity and helps make pleasant your getting old. 


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