Sunday, November 28, 2004

Well-Read and Well-Aged

This morning, while enjoying breakfast with my pastor and a missionary friend, I was fascinated as an elderly couple sat down at the table next to us. The woman had a Bible in her hand and, after sitting down, opened its well-worn pages and began to read. I’m always encouraged when someone is not ashamed to be seen in public, reading God’s love letter to us. This lady had a unique beauty about her. She looked like she had lived well and had grown older with a special grace. Even though I know nothing about her other than what I saw, she appeared to have aged well and lived well. Her Bible was well worn and well read.

An hour or two later I read the day’s devotional thought in Our Daily Bread. Vernon Grounds, the writer, spoke of the gleaming brass on board an ocean liner. When one of the ship’s officers was asked, “How often do you polish all this?”, the reply came back, “Every day, for the minute you stop polishing it, the brass starts to tarnish.” Dr. Grounds goes on to say, “If your relationship with God has lost its spiritual luster, it needs to be polished by the faithful habit of daily Scripture reading.” Could this be why the lady in the restaurant had such an appealing and refreshing glow about her countenance? I think so! Are you aging well and living well? How about your Bible? Is it well-worn and well-read? I hope so!

“I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your Word.” – Psalm 119:16

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