Tears filled my eyes on Sunday morning as one of our church members gave the sermon. Larry is a retired pastor, having served God for many decades. His love for God shone through. His love for the Word of God was in every word he spoke.
His points and depth weren’t spectacular but we didn’t mind. This would most likely be the last time Larry would preach. He’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and has begun the decline into the valley. But for this one last time, Larry blessed us by encouraging us to be thankful and praise God regardless of our circumstances.
Whatever our age, whatever our physical health, each of us is usable, valuable, and worthwhile to God. Psalm 92: 14 assures us, “They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green.” (NASB).
Our society and culture does not value age. In all honesty, I wouldn’t volunteer to help at a nursing home. But God values each and every day of our lives until the last moment when we join Him in heaven.
Thank you, friend Larry, for speaking to me this past Sunday.