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Topic: Twilight Years of Life (07/02/09)
TITLE: Live Long and Prosper
By Gail Schmidt
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My father who is 85 years old has a faith in God that is extraordinary. He believes that God guides his every step. This is especially revenant because he has glaucoma and macular degeneration in both eyes. Yet even with these conditions and other physical ailments he goes through life with abounding joy. His eyes are not on this world but on the face of his Lord and Savior.
Two years ago his wife of 60 years died after a long life filled with illness. My father was at peace as he was by her bedside as she died. He grieved the loss of his beloved, but he looked to Christ to walk each day filled with God’s joy.
He talked to many people and told them that Christ was the one he was holding onto to move forward with his life. He put it this way, “ I am just a small child and I am holding the hand of my father who will guide my every step.”
The Lord was gracious to my father and gave him a wonderful “new” 87-year-old wife. She is full of love for her Lord. Together they have shown me that in the twilight years of their lives joy can abound even through many physical ailments that could be used as excuses to live in seclusion.
They travel, go to the theater, attend concerts and most important show the love of Jesus to everyone they see. They are in the twilight years yet their love is new and refreshing. I hope they live long and prosper under the guidance of their Lord Jesus Christ.
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