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A Cup of “Love”

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

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Christmas is receiving! Certainly that is one important aspect of this glorious season but our greatest gift of all  was “giving”. It wasn’t much — just a dime store special.

As a minister’s family we were truly blessed to receive many tokens of appreciation during the holiday season. These presents did much to uplift our spirits. However, we were not always materially able to give as we would like to others.

What inexpensive gift could we give of meaning to someone else? At my husband’s suggestion, we decided to visit a 93-year-old visually impaired shut-in lady from our congregation.

At a local dime store we purchased an oversized cup (mug) with a beautiful decal of a bluebird on it. Total value was one dollar and sixty-six cents. Little did we know that to this precious senior citizen its’ worth would not be measured by nickels and dimes.

On Christmas Eve we visited this wonderful lady at her home. We took along this gaily wrapped package and a plateful of well-chosen holiday goodies. She graciously accepted these material gifts. My husband read the Christmas story, I read a Christmas poem and our seven-year-old daughter (at that time) sang a song. Together we rejoiced with a few Christmas carols and prayer.

She was pleasantly touched but the greatest “touch” of all came to our hearts at the thrill of seeing her tear-filled eyes sparkle. In trying to give to someone else we were given one of the greatest gifts of all – “the gift of giving”. Our eyes became clouded with tears as well.

We were so blessed by this experience we have decided to make an annual custom of sharing our Christmas Eve, whenever possible, with someone who needs love. It is truly more blessed to “give” than to “receive”.

The gift of love does not always cost a fortune – a little time and perhaps one dollar and sixty-six cents.

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Stalked by an “Old” Lady

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

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Throughout our years of ministry, we have seen elderly people in the church who continued to be faithful to God and to their commitments to the church and other organizations.

As the wife of a semi-retired minister, I began to think about the Biblical view of old age.  Around the same time as I was doing this inward contemplation of the aging process our local newspaper had an insert to their regularly published paper entitled, “Senior Living”.  It did have some great articles for Senior Citizens by also included the following:  two Funeral Home ads (that’s all we have in our small town), one ad for a Senior Living Center, as well as ads for the Nursing Home and Assisted Living.  There was even one investment advisor brave enough to place his ad.  What’s all that about?  – I thought.  What are they trying to tell us “mature” people?

I have noticed lately there is an old lady stalking me in the mirror.  Every time I look in the mirror she is there – I think just to harass me.  I just can’t seem to shake her.  I know I could report her to the police but then again they would probably say I am old and senile and that she really wasn’t there after all!!!  Her appearance does improve with a little makeup and fixing of the hair but I just cannot seem to get her to leave me alone.

The word “old” is mentioned many times in the Bible.  Of course, not all of them refer to old age but many do.  Here are a couple of scriptures:  Psalm 37:25Psalm 37:25
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25 I have been young, and now am old; Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his seed begging bread.

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– “I have been young and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”  “Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth” – Psalm 71:9Psalm 71:9
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9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; Forsake me not when my strength faileth.

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Senior Citizens still have a valuable part to play in society.  They have much wisdom to share from their life experiences.  As part of every day life they should be treated with respect and dignity.  Remember, you will be “old” someday!

As the familiar saying goes, “Aspire to inspire . . . before you expire”.  That is definitely my goal in life.  I want to inspire you to serve God and achieve all that you can be for Him.

Following is a poem entitled, “Not Growing Old”.  Perhaps it will offer all of us great hope for the future.


Author Unknown

They say that I am growing old

I’ve heard them tell it times untold.

In language plain and bold . . .

But I’m not growing old.

This frail old shell in which I dwell . . .

Is growing old and I know full well . . .

But I am not the shell.

What if my hair is turning grey?

Grey hairs are honorable they say,

What if my eyesight’s growing dim?

I still can see to follow Him

Who sacrificed His life for me

Upon the cross of Calvary.

What should I care if time’s old plow

Has left its furrows on my brow?

Another house not made with hands

Awaits me in the glory land.

What though I falter in my walk?

What though my tongue refuse to talk?

I still can tread the narrow way,

I still can watch and praise and pray

My hearing may not be as keen

As in the past it might have been.

Still, I can hear my Savior say,

In whisper soft, “This is the way”.

The outward man do what I can

To lengthen out his life’s short span

Shall perish and return to dust,

As everything in nature must.

The inward man, the scriptures say,

Is growing stronger every day.

Then how can I be growing old

When I am safe within my Saviour’s fold

E’re long my soul shall fly away,

And leave this tenement of clay?

This robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise,

To seize the everlasting prize,

I’ll meet you on the streets of gold,

And prove that I’m “not growing old”.

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