The heart knows its own bitterness,
and no stranger shares its joy.
In your 20s, it's a shock to find you are an adult. Usually employment does not come with applause for refrigerator art. Times are serious and your time is fully required. Not a lot of Church groups for this age group - really. You have to shop.
In your 30s, you are building to support your family. In Spiritual life. In Education. In nutrition. In material goods, with an eye to college and athletic development in your children teaching life lessons. This is a busy time. Filled with young dreams for your family.
As you enter into your forties, you realize you have nested. Tada nesting accomplished. Life is usually busy with children and spouses and families with young grandparents. Life moves quickly and filled with joy and noise.
And as you enter into your fifties, people have decided to be themselves. Surprisingly so. A lot of people feel they are preparing to be old people. Some feel it's the time not be anyone but themselves - a few really need some kind of personality girdle! Forrest's mother might be right about that box of Chocolate. Honesty is a Goodness.
And in your 60's, you analyze your life to see if you feel your life has been well lived. Some fall into the trap of material goods rationalization.
In your 70's, if you have good health, it's really the first decade of age. Still time to exercise and be going forth for the Lord in the examples you lead.
My Mother wisely said do not worry about being too old - until you really are.
Really where we live - is the eternal. Our Soul. Eventually the applause of mankind is rather short lived. In times of stress, extreme stress we find our friends and family shift in priority. My mother lived through economic crisis and divorce. Her life-long friends changed in her late 50s. And she found her path again. And in her 80's is finding her path again.
The truth is when we rely upon God. Our Joy comes from Father God and we will continue as the circumstance and times change. The Light from within comes from God. This this hearth is the source of our Life.
Jesus is the Word of Life.
We give thanks to the Lord, for You are good, Your steadfast love endures forever!
Giving thanks always and for everything to God our Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with Thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Jesus.
When we believe God, we have found Jesus. And in Jesus, we are part of the communion of saints. We are part of the Eternal Body of Christ Jesus. Sealed as Jesus' own. His Beloved.
We will walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which we have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love!
Eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body and one Spirit—just as wewere called to the one hope belonging to our personal call— in one Lord, one faith, one baptism, in one God and Father of all. He is over all and through all and in all.
Grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore the written Scriptures say,
“When He ascended on high He led a host of captives,
and He gave gifts to men.”
And we have found where the tombs that opened on Good Friday went. And what the living multitude found in the Holy Spirit.
This is Today. And we are the Easter People. Alleluia is our Song.
The Joy of the Lord is our Strength!
In Jesus we lift up those we love. Our concerns for many things. His answers and steadfast love. Our rest in Jesus. Our assurances in Jesus. For the people God gives us. Our communities, neighborhoods, Churches. The people we have known for years and pray for. The needs we remember even if we don't know the results. The daily thoughts of God's Goodness. His Continued Loving Work. His Promises to Us. And we will rejoice in being part of the praying Body of Christ Jesus. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †