On: December 1, 2014 | By: admin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
“There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.” [Luke 2:36-38]
84. What a great age to be seeing the best things of your life. The brilliant (retired) Bishop Michael Baughen was preaching at our church the other week. He was as energetic and passionate as someone half his age and spoke powerfully on suffering (see yesterday). The prophet Anna, in our verses today, had been a dedicated servant of God and then, aged 84, she met the son of Mary and Joseph, who was also the Son of God. Both Bishop Michael and Anna had lost their spouses, but knew that they were in a place of safety and joy. Secure in this knowledge they were continuing their daily walk faithfully until they too, would be called home.
I’m approaching the grand age of 57 as I write. Am I thinking that retirement to a more restful way of life lies less than a decade away? Or should that read more like over quarter of a century of lively and committed service still to come? It puts a somewhat different slant on pretty much everything.
I’m working with friends to pull together an organisation, Riding the Tide, toprovide a platform not just for my own writings, songs and events, but as a place where experienced men and women with a range of expertise can not just revisit and express their own creativity, but also help to identify and bring on young talent. Don’t know if it’s going to work, but it assumes that the best years are yet to come. Wahey!
Anyone else got any mad schemes on the go?
Many of the best wines (I am told) are those that have matured. You and me too?
Father God, grant me fresh vision to use the full allocation of my years on Earth in the service of Your Kingdom. Amen