Through the Years

O Lord, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced…

O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood…

And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside. Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing…

I will tell everyone about your righteousness.
All day long I will proclaim your saving power, though I am not skilled with words.
I will praise your mighty deeds, O Sovereign Lord.
I will tell everyone that you alone are just.

O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood,
and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do.
Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God.
Let me proclaim your power to this new generation,
your mighty miracles to all who come after me…

You have allowed me to suffer much hardship,
but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth.
You will restore me to even greater honor
and comfort me once again.           Psalm 71:1, 5-6, 9, 15-18, 20-21 (NLT)

Scriptures, God’s Word, is timeless. No matter if I am 7 or 97 God’s words are relevant to my life. Do I have ears to hear and a heart to receive them?

This Scripture became my “birthday passage” a few years ago and every year I still take time to read through it on my birthday and see what it has to say to me this year. The “gray hair” part was pretty loud in my ears back then – but I am past that now.

Save me, LORD. Before I ever knew it, God was saving me. I walked along the edge of cliffs throughout my life but God was faithful and held tightly to my hand, preventing me from stepping off the side. He used many people to pray for me and befriend me, sowing seeds of His love when I did not even know it.

Life here has been tough but You have been with me. Many nights I walked the halls of the hospital and knew that I knew that it wasn’t disease that I was fighting – but fear. And in all my travels and all the patients and their families that I have met, I truly do not know how people make it through without God in their lives. It is that tender, strong hand that I cling to when life is so difficult. A friend, Leah Taylor, sings a song on her CD that says, “LORD, You know better than I.” That is where I try to live. I do not know all the answers to all the why’s. I just know that God knows better than I do.

I will tell my children and grandchildren about my LORD. That is my legacy. For however long God says I am to be here on this earth, I want my life and my words to point my children and grandchildren to Jesus and the Father that we glorify. I want them to know that it was He who picked me up every time I fell. It was He who forgave me every time I sinned. It was Jesus who wiped every tear and listened to every cry and comforted and healed me. It was always God that I wanted them to turn to. May God be glorified today and every day!

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