Isaiah 56:1,6-7; Psalms 67:2-3,5-6,8; Romans 11:13-15,29-32; Matthew 15:21-28
A local church congregation, heavily weighted with senior citizens, staged a panel discussion on the subject of longevity …
The panel included several of the parishesí oldest members. During the event, one panelist, a widow of many years, was asked, ìMartha, why do you think God has allowed you to reach the ripe-old age of ninety-six?î ìTo test the patience of my relatives,î Martha replied.
In todayís Society, the numbers in the life-expectancy tables are getting higher. Whether or not this is to test the patience of more-and-more relatives I donít know. But, in any case, the fact is that God is permitting more people than ever before to reach a ripe-old age.
Surely, God must love the seniors very much, because He made so many of them!
But it can be said also that God is not a respecter of age. The Lordís call for change, for reform, for human spiritual growth is relentless. Whether you are eighteen or eighty-eight, Jesus is inviting you…