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cropped-rose-4.gifPsalm 139:14, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made”

Proverbs 16:31, “The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness”

As a white candle in a holy place, so is the beauty of an aged face.” This line from a poem by Joseph Campbell applies to people who have served the Lord all their lives and are still bearing fruit in old age. Behind the aged face of a long-time Christian are memories of family and friends. Wrinkles stand for earnest times of prayer, loving care, and decades of useful work. The beauty is no longer the skin-deep charm of youth but the time-honored loveliness of a life well-lived.

How striking are the last lines that David Livingstone (1813-1873) penned on the night he died! His sons found that the famous missionary had died on his knees beside his bed, in the posture of prayer. He had written these words: “My Jesus, my King, my life, my all; to Thee again I dedicate myself.” My beloved, for Livingstone, every day was another day to serve and to grow.

And so it is with those who know the Lord and have allowed Him to lead them throughout their lives. When we walk with God, the years have a way of refining us. The sufferings of a lifetime mellow us and reveal what we really are in Christ and getting older can mean growing, maturing, ministering, venturing and enjoying life to the end of our days.

Further thoughts:

In Psalm 139, David expressed the conviction that his entire being was fashioned by God and therefore is worthy of acceptance. He prayed, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). He also believed that God fashioned all the days of his life (v. 16).

My beloved, instead of fighting a losing battle against our waning youthful appearance, we should concentrate on cultivating inner qualities that last forever. One key attribute is a lifelong faith in God, who reassures His people, “Even to your old age, … and even to gray hairs I will carry you!” (Isaiah 46:4).

The drain of the years can be adequately met by the spring of God’s grace that flows within. We can continue to grow and be spiritually productive as we age. Myron Taylor wrote, “Time may wrinkle the skin, but worry, doubt, hate, and the loss of ideals wrinkle the soul.” As we gracefully accept the passing of years, God will smooth out the wrinkles of our souls. There is nothing like the beauty of a loving heart shining through a seasoned face.

When you let God’s love fill your heart, it will show on your face.