While sixty is just a number, the effects of ageing are a tell tale. After years of abusing my mind and body trying to stay young and keep up with the youngsters, I am quickly becoming aware of my limitations as I am sure many others are as well. Five years ago, I would strap on the skates and race around the rink thinking “I still got it” only to realise everyone else has been into the zone and the puck was in the other end. I have yet to get on the ice this year but I am fairly certain I have lost another step or two. It is not just the body that is slowing down but it is also the mind.
The other day, I was in a fabulous conversation with a group of my peers when I realised I was a couple points behind the conversation and when I did interject my thoughts I realised they were in context at the time but rather disjointed in the current setting. Words that flowed from the tongue, thoughts that just wound in and out of the conversation now take a bit more time to bring together and memories are, at times, fleeting. It could be worse and, I fear, it will get worse but I saw a video the other day that brought joy to my heart.
A granddaughter had come to town and offered to take her grandfather to church on Sunday. He spoke very little on the way into church, which brought tears to her eyes, and, truth be told, to mine as well. All her attempts to get a reaction from him were met with that far off stare, a blankness that we can see but have no clue what it is like to live in. After trying just about everything to communicate with him, she put a old gospel tape in the radio and within a few moments, he was speaking the words of the old hymn by memory. You see, the words of the old hymns are generally scripture put to music and he knew his Savior’s message, it was still there and it was still strong in his heart. When the mortal facilities of our being start to fade, the Word of God, written on our hearts, never fades and it never fails.
Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past. Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord. Ps 25:6-7 NLT
As life goes on and my thoughts begin to fail a bit more often, Lord, please, remember me.
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