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As we advance in years

As we advance in years we learn to take life in stride, but that doesn’t mean that we may not feel fear. The 71st Psalm was composed by a psalmist in his old age. Toward its close, he says:


O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds; and now that I am old and grey, O God forsake me not, till I proclaim your strength to every generation that is to come. Your power and your justice, O God, reach to heaven. You have done great things; O God, who is like you? Though you have made me feel many bitter afflictions, you will again revive me; from the depths of the earth you will once more raise me. Renew your benefits to me and comfort me over and over. So will I give you thanks with music on the lyre, for your faithfulness, O my God! I will sing your praises with the harp, O Holy One of Israel!


Whether I be young or old, Lord, you are always faithful to your promise. In youth you call me from my folly. In old age you keep your word to me. I believe that there is no time or circumstance that can separate me from your loving care. Amen.