SERENDIPITY FOR SATURDAY

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A SENIOR MOMENT FOR SENIOR CHRISTIANS

I read this story told by a lady who did not give her name. But having been in the ministry for over 55 years, and will be reaching the end my 80th year in a few months, I certainly related to what she remembered. So this is for all of you who may be in the stratosphere of age. I hope you enjoy it.

Not able to go to church, she was watching television one Sunday morning, and she watched a church service being broadcast in which the congregation was honoring one of its senior pastors who had been retired many years. He was 92 years old at this time and she wondered why the church would even think of asking such an elderly gentleman to preach at that age.

After a warm welcome and introduction of their beloved pastor, as the applause quieted down he rose from his chair and walked slowly, with great effort and a sliding gait to the podium. Without a note or written paper of any kind, he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady himself and then quietly and slowly he began to speak.

In a trembling voice he told them that when he was asked to come and talk to them, their pastor asked him to tell them what was the greatest lesson ever learned in his many, many years of preaching. He thought about it for a few days and boiled it down to just one thing that made the most difference in his life and sustained him through all his frequent trials. The precious memory that he could always rely on when tears and heartbreak and pain and fear and sorrow seemed to paralyze him, the thing that brought him the most comfort was this verse…

“Jesus loves me this I know.
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong,
We are weak but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me…
The Bible tells me so.”

When he finished, the church was quiet. You actually could hear his footsteps as he shuffled back to his chair. It’s something this lady says she will never, ever forget.

She then remembered her own pastor saying that he always noticed that it was the adults who chose this children’s song during a hymn sing on Sunday nights, and it was the adults who sang the loudest because they knew it the best. She was so inspired by what happened that she sat down and wrote what she called her “Senior’s Version of Jesus Loves Me.” She remarked, that even if the person singing it had no white hair or no hair at all, she thought they would enjoy it.

JESUS LOVES ME

Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in Him.

Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in His I’ll go
On through life, let come what may,
He’ll be there to lead the way.

When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song,
Telling me in words so clear,
“Have no fear, for I am near.”

When my work on earth is done,
And life’s victories have been won.
He will take me home above,
Then I’ll understand His love.

I love Jesus, does He know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say,
That I love Him every day.

(CHORUS)

Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me,

Yes, Jesus loves me, for the Bible tells me so.

As I read this, I was reminded of a song we used to sing when I was young that went like this: Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before, every day with Jesus I love Him more and more. Jesus saves and keeps me and He’s the one I’m waiting for, every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.

So if this New Year did not start out like you thought it could, and if things are not going the way you think they should, just remember a song or hymn that gave you comfort during life’s times of stormy weather. Start singing because you know Jesus loves you just as much now as ever, and every day with Jesus you draw closer and closer to Him until one day you will stand face to face with Him in glory. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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