I looked around church this morning. A lot of older people at Calvary Christian have laid down their lives and resources in service to Christ and his Church over the past decades. It was heartening to see their children and grandchildren in the pews, too. "The Church of today" has always included all ages who have followed God with all their hearts.
I heard a few stories of life as a believer, and in each there were high and low points. Places where we thought lying down to die was a better option than continuing in our pain. Points of grace where we found courage and strength to continue. And we've all had mountain peak experiences where the view of God's greatness and beauty was so overwhelming that our hearts and minds couldn't fathom his care and love for us.
It's hard to remember the bad times when life is so amazing. It's difficult to balance life when we're in the middle of crisis, too. Sunshine and rain. Peace and war. Courage and cowardice. Health and disease. Life is full - and underneath are the everlasting arms, that divine Fulcrum that keeps us from tipping one way or another.
*So refuse to worry, and keep your body healthy. But remember that youth, with a whole life before you, is meaningless. Ecclesiastes 11:10 NLT
*The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4 NLT
*Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 1 Peter 2:11 NEV
*And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:5 NEV