Sunday, October 28, 2012

92 Year Old Preacher

I watched on TV a church in Atlanta honoring one of its senior pastors who had been retired many years. He was 92 at that time & I wondered why the church even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at that age. After a warm welcome, introduction of this speaker, & as the applause quieted down, he rose from his high back chair & walked slowly, with great effort & a sliding gait to the podium. Without a note or written paper of any kind he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady himself & then quietly & slowly he began to speak:
"When I was asked to come here today & talk to you, your pastor asked me to tell you what was the greatest lesson ever learned in my 50-odd years of preaching. I thought about it for a few days & boiled it down to just one thing that made the most difference in my life & sustained me through all my trials... The one thing that I could always rely on when tears, heartbreak, pain, fear & sorrow paralyzed me... The only thing that would comfort was this verse: "Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, we are weak but He is strong Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so."
"Here for you now is a Senior version of Jesus Loves Me":
  1. 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. (CHORUS)
  2. 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. (CHORUS)
  3. When the nights are dark & long, In my heart He puts a song. Telling me in words so clear, "Have no fear, for I am near." (CHORUS)
  4. 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. (CHORUS)
  5. I love Jesus, does He know, have I ever told Him so? Jesus loves to hear me say, that I love Him every day. (CHORUS)

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