Marie’s daily verse:Psalm3:3You, O Lord, are a shield for Me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.

DAILY DEVOTION, MARCH 3, 2021

Psalm 92:14: They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,

Today is my 85th birthday (feel free to break into the “Happy Birthday” song!). When I was younger, I never thought I would live this long. It does raise the question, “What good are old people?” The Psalmist suggests that age does not define us. He speaks of bearing fruit even in old age. God is still with us and can cause us to flourish.

What kind of fruit can we bear in old age? Well, I for one am still preaching and ministering to this congregation. Thank you for your kindness in putting up with me! I love preaching and teaching God’s Word and will do so as long as God enables me (or the church decides it is time for me to retire!). I want what is best for the church.

Years ago, I was visiting with an octogenarian in my church in Decatur, IL. She expressed frustration that she was not able to do much for her church. I said, “You can pray, can’t you?” As long as we have our mental faculties, there is something we can do. Is prayer important? I hope you are thinking, “Yes, prayer is the lifeblood of the church.” So, if your age or lifestyle precludes you from active participation in the church, let your contribution be your faithful prayers. Those of us who are still active in the church’s daily life depend on the prayers of God’s people. 

Father, thank You for those aged, faithful saints who pray regularly for our church’s needs and the needs of those on our prayer list. Thank You for causing us to flourish in our old age. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

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