For Mike- on his 45th birthday!!!
Growing old is NOT easy. Aches, pains, forgetfulness and other problems which the above discussion refers to are a pain. But, think about it for a second- whether you just happen to be sixty, or seventy or maybe even eighty- you have gotten this far. How many of our fellow human beings die way too early. James Gandolifini was only 51 when he died- Far too young!!! But if those who are reading this ARE SENIOR CITIZENS- rejoice. You have something the young just don't have. The following Scripture comes to mind...
2 Corinthians, Chapter 1
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound to us, even so our comfort also abounds through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer.
If you have been blessed with many years, then you have lived. Things have happened to you and not all of them good things. So, when problems occur in the lives of those around you -YOU CAN HELP, BECAUSE YOU HAVE LIVED THROUGH MANY OF THE SAME THINGS!!! Also, because years ago I was blessed with the understanding of sin and its remedy in Christ I can tell you that you need to consider it before it is too late. If you are over 60, then you have begun to appreciate how little time you have left- don't put it off another day!!! And if you are eighty and have problems like the story, try setting your alarm clock for 5:30 in the morning and let me know how it works for you. It could be very important to me someday.