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Even When I am Old and Gray

Psalm 71:17-18

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Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
Even when I am old and gray,
do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
your mighty acts to all who are to come.

Psalm 71:17-18 NIV

As long as I can remember, I have been a part of a Christian church community. During my transition to adulthood, I began to call on Jesus as my Lord. And what the psalmist expresses here was true for me. From my youth, he has taught me. My walk has been far from perfect. But I am so very thankful for his constant provision and direction, and, like the psalmist, I declare his marvelous deeds.

But now I am old and gray. I have walked with the Lord for over 50 years now. And he has never forsaken me. Even in the times when I chose to ignore his direction. I can look back on the 70 years of my life, and the 50-plus years of my walk with him, and see his hand at work throughout. God has been so good to me.

Looking Ahead

While this passage helps to reflect back on a life that has been richly blessed by my Lord, it also offers up a challenge for the years to come. To declare the power of the Lord to the next generation. As one who is old and gray, I have a responsibility to those who are closer to the beginning of their journey. To teach them the things of the Lord. And to lead them in following after him.

My prayer is that in the years to come, I will prove faithful to that challenge. And will continue to proclaim the goodness of the Lord, helping others to mature in their faith and walk with God.

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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