O God, from my youth you have taught me,
and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
So even to old age and gray hairs,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
your power to all those to come. Psalm 72:17-18
I deliver meals to the elderly and have worked in long care facilities. Over the years I have seen two types. There are those who slouch in chairs all day staring at the TV with a sense of loss in their gazes. Then there are those who, no matter their physical condition, still have a twinkle in their eyes and see each day as worth living. The latter group trust in God and know that there is something better that awaits them after they abandon this earthly shell of pain and age. I admire them deeply and being near them makes my day better.
His light shines in each deep wrinkle and blue veined face. They have an energy about them, even if they can’t lift themselves out of their wheelchair. They see opportunities instead of obstacles, little glimpses of joy instead of chronic pain. They have walked with God so long, He is their constant trusted friend, more present than their next breath.
I want to be like that, if God deems I live that long. On the days my back aches, I feel listless and tired, knowing these dear folk convicts me and encourages me. Do you know someone like that? If you do, draw near to them. Thank them for their influence in your life. Let them know they have proclaimed His love to you, another generation.
I saw a bumper sticker that said “Aspire to inspire before you expire”. Lord, may that be my motto from now until the time You carry me home. May I keep proclaiming You to another generation, and another, in my actions and words. Keep me as the apple of Your eye and continue to be the twinkle in mine. Amen.