My prayerful plea:
The spring, summer, and fall seasons of my life are gone now only existing in my memory. The winter season of the days You have planned for me has arrived.
Days of bright sunshine have become cloudy and are few in number, and they seem to be shorter than I remember from the past. The path I walk each day is often bumpy, and filled with unexpected twists and turns. Many days are overflowing with the pain, the heartaches, and the disappointments of this world.
My eyes are not as clear as they once were...my mind delights in playing tricks on me...and the flesh of my body often complains loudly. My strength and stamina are both disappearing at an alarming rate. The serious illnesses that invaded my life in recent years continue to camp patiently outside my doorstep - ready to show their ugly faces once again to wreak havoc in my body. Very little, physically or mentally, seems to function as it should and as it once did.
This old man has mostly been abandoned by friends and family, and has been cast aside to struggle alone through the battles of life. Also, they have chosen to ignore the knowledge and wisdom that I could offer to them from my years of trials.
Please take my hand, Precious Lord, and hold on tight. I take great comfort in knowing that You will never let me go. Gently lead me through the storms that are yet before me, and help me to stand strong for Your honor and glory.
I love You with all my heart, my trust is in You, and I have done my best to serve You with all that is within me. Yes...there were times when I failed miserably, but as You led the way for me, Lord, I tried to follow in Your footsteps.
The prayers have been prayed...the songs have been sung...and the words have been spoken, but now in my winter season, I am confused. What are the future plans You have for me during this late time of my life? It is in Your Name that I pray and ask these things Amen!
His answer to my plea:
Listen My child...
Do not let your heart be troubled.
Trust in God; trust also in Me.
In My Father's house are many rooms.
If it were not so, I would have told you.
I went there to prepare a place for you.
And if I am preparing a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you may be where I am.
The world is not your final home, for you are in the world only a little while. During your short stay there you will have trials and tribulations in life. There will be times of sorrow, sickness, sadness, disappointment, and pain. In spite of those things, you must occupy until I return to call your name. You must be My witness for the saving gospel message to all who will listen. Stay strong in the faith, lean on Me, trust in Me, and watch - for I am coming very soon.
My child, your heart truly knows that the path leading to My Father's house is through Me - for I am the only Way, the only Truth, and the only Life.
My tearful response to His answer:
Thank You, Jesus! Take my hand, Precious Lord, and lead me Home!
During retirement, my prayer is that I might serve the Lord by sharing the Gospel through my writing. As the Lord leads, my work will inform, challenge and encourage. I also enjoy Biblical theme woodcarving, Bible studies and Christian music. Watch, pray and keep looking up!
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