Though I don’t consider myself a “senior” yet (I’ve been wondering if the “middle-aged spread” is not so much a thickening waistline as it is the length of time we stretch out to call ourselves middled-aged rather than”senior” ), I am reaching a milestone birthday this year and seeing increasing signs that I am closer to seniordom than youth. I received this senior version of the children’s song, “Jesus Loves Me,” in an email the other day: I had never heard of it before.
JESUS LOVES ME
Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow.
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in Him.
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.
Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in His I’ll go
On through life, let come what may,
He’ll be there to lead the way.
Though I am no longer young,
I have much which He’s begun.
Let me serve Christ with a smile,
Go with others the extra mile.
When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song.
Telling me in words so clear,
“Have no fear, for I am near.”
When my work on earth is done,
And life’s victories have been won.
He will take me home above,
Then I’ll understand His love
I love Jesus , does He know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say,
That I love Him every day.
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. Psalm 37:25.
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth. Psalm 71:9.
O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. Psalm 71: 17-18.
Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. Psalm 92:13-15.
Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. Psalm 148: 12-13.
The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head. Proverbs 20:29.
The hoary (silver or grey) head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. Proverbs 16:31.
by Jack Garren
Courtesy of Christ-Centered Art