Now I’m 64… Look, See, Pray

“Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?”

That seemed such a hilarious song in 1967 when I was twelve.  Summing up the carefree rebellion of the Sixties, the Beatles joked about getting old and grey. Unthinkably old.

My birthday present at 64?  A brand new great-nephew to share my birthday!

lil-me-magHow did the cheerful chubby chappie in this photo get to be that old? (That’s me, on the right.)

I’m still smiling.

I’m smiling about the safe arrival of another cute baby who shares some of my genetic history. I’m smiling ruefully ‘cos I remember his Dad arriving in the world.

I’m smiling because I could have used his baby photos- but I overcame the temptation.

Am I really this old? 64? I don’t feel 64 (about 80 physically and about 6 on the inside!).

Life is a wonderful gift. I’m thankful for a wonderful wife, a loving (growing) wider family, the amazing friends I have made, places I have lived and visited… I’m thankful to still be here at the ripe old age of 64 (and I look younger than Paul McCartney).

I’m really grateful for the discovery that I have a Heavenly Father as well as my earthly family. I was 12 when I first realised that all this God-stuff was more than Bible stories, and that the love shown through Jesus Christ demanded a response of trusting obedience. It’s been a learning process- and I’m still learning. It’s been good.

The carefree years of childhood gave way to energetic youth, and the “I’m going to change the world” thinking of the years before the knees creak and the back hurts and the prideful mind comes to terms with being ordinary, not Superman. But that’s OK.

I’ve done (mostly) my best, made some bad mistakes, and discovered the value of forgiveness. Finding purpose in life, and serving Jesus as well as I could, has meant that I look back with few regrets and look forward with real hope and assurance. All I can say is that God has been good to me- and He has been with me in the times when “good” wasn’t the word I’d have chosen to describe life.

I don’t remember exactly when I first read this verse from the Old Testament: Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of adversity come, and the years approach of which you will say, “I find no pleasure in them…” (Ecclesiastes 12 v1)

I think it’s a verse that is worth pondering. Along with another verse… “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life…” John 3:16 (NLT)

What do you think?

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