24th September 2019

The Autumn of Our Years!

A psalm of David: “Even when I am old and grey, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power of the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.”
Psalms 71:18 (NIV)

Yes! Autumn is gently sneaking up on us. The poet Yeats informs us that it is “The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” in his poem, Ode to Autumn. It’s also a fact that the autumn of our years is a bit sneaky too—suddenly, it seems that we too have reached that time of life when youth has flown and we begin to feel the years—perhaps you have noticed that too?

I wonder how God looks on us when our youthful energy is spent and this old guy stares back at us from the mirror? Will God desert us? Will he listen to us less when we pray? Are his thoughts; “Well, It’s just old Cliff?” Watch my lips—No! His promise to us is to always to be there; never to leave or abandon us or brush us aside as something to ignore! Isn’t that wonderful? We are not relegated to the dustbin. In fact, he honours the grey head and tells others to do the same! Notice! “Grey hair is a crown of splendour; it is attained by a righteous life” (Proverbs 16:31), and as early as the book of Leviticus, God tells Moses, “You shall rise before the grey headed and honour the presence of an old man, and fear your God: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:32 NKJV).

It seems like our God has a soft spot for those whose vigour has, by the passage of time, diminished. So, take heart all of you who have reached this pinnacle of honour before the Father; we have much to be thankful for. Let’s use our maturity and the wisdom gained through life to contribute to the lives of others who one day will also be crowned with a hoary head.

And now a final blessing from the Father of Lights who tells us; “Even to your old age and grey hairs I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you” (Isaiah 46:4). I hope that you will read this with thankfulness in your heart to our amazing Father who cares about us from the cradle to the grave; the one who understands our frustration at times. I’m sure that the bottom line must be, “let’s think about ourselves in the same way he does, with honour and joy!”

Prayer
Tender Father, please accept our grateful thanks that you have held us close all these years and never let us go!
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill
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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: luton@gracecom.church

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