Rev Ray’s October 22, 2021 Devotion
October 22, 2021, 8:34 AM

Several years ago, a neighbor needed help getting in her house because she had locked the keys inside.  I went over, but there wasn’t much that I could do. The only unlocked window was over her kitchen sink, but I was too big to crawl through it. That was when she said to me, “Preacher, just lift me up there and I will show you what an eighty-five-year-old woman can do.”  I did, and she did.

 In the Bible, Caleb was ready for a new challenge, a new adventure; he had been promised the hill territory as a possession, and he was “chomping at the bit” to claim it. He said, “Today I am eighty-five years old, and I am just as strong now as I was at age forty (when the land was promised), therefore give me this mountain!”    Joshua 14:12

 As a pastor I have never agreed when someone said, “I have been doing this job in the church for a long time, now let the young people do it.”  Let the old and young work together side by side. It is the Lord who called us to the task, and let it be the Lord who tells us when it is time to let go of the plow. 

 If only the old do the work of the church, we may become “Set in our ways.”  If only the young do the work, we may become “unset in our ways.”  Together there is a balance, and God’s plan is better understood when we love, and listen, and work, in unity and peace with God. Why not mix the wisdom of age, and the eagerness of youth, in the same pot?

 Sometimes it appears that we have stopped mountain climbing. Christians will never fail because there is no promise from God. If we fail it is because we lost our vision, our hope, and our spiritual energy. Young or old: We can show the world what God can do at any age. Together we can pray, “Give us this mountain!”

 Grace and Peace,  Rev Ray

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