When We Grow Too Old To Dream

Thursday, November 13, 2014
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Acts 2:17 – In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. (NIV)

"When I grow too old to dream, your love will live in my heart." How many reading today remember that old song sung by Vera Lynn?

Yesterday, we celebrated the birthday of the youngest daughter of my son, who mentioned, "Do you know something? I will be fifty next month."

Recently, he had written a short note to me, saying, "Mom, if I were to sail my boat across to Jamaica, would you come with me?"

Well, that was a big question for me to answer. I try to believe that he was kidding me, but it still left me with the thought that I am not as young as I used to be and that I don't move quite as fast as I used to!

Certainly, I would love to venture on a journey with him. But when I stop and think about it, my aging muscles and joints tell me that such a journey really is not in my future. But I do anticipate a much more majestic journey.

And what might that be? Like John Bunyan's Pilgrim on his way to the Celestial City, I look forward with the apostle Paul:

2 Timothy 4:6b-8 – The time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. (NIV 2011)

With all the problems that we are encountering in this world today, I would love the opportunity to share with the younger generations the journey that I have already had with my Saviour Jesus.

Psalm 71:18 – Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come. (NIV)

Psalm 22:27 – All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him. (NIV)

Prayer: Most gracious heavenly Father, we come this day to ask that Your blessings will be upon those we love. We pray that You will help us to share with one another the journey that we have travelled with You in the past and the one that we expect to travel with You at the end, especially as the world's problems come closer to home. In Jesus' precious name, we pray. Amen.

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Anne Russell <annerussell80@gmail.com>
Brampton, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good word Anne.

    Good one Anne and certainly one I can identify with.

    Lovely to hear from you Anne. As always, deep thoughts!!

    Thank you for your precious words…just so moving! Blessings.

    This is a wonderful devotional. Thank you and God Bless you and your family.

    God bless you Anne, as you continue your faith journey. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Dear Anne,
    Thank you for the precious devotional giving us a different way to think of our aging.
    Keep writing.

    Dear Anne,
    I was brought to tears as I read your devotional; tears of joy to hear from you again. Thanks for giving us important things to think about – family. God bless you.

    So GREAT to see one from you again Anne!! And how quickly those years have passed since we wrote our first devotionals!!
    Thank you for this one today…very good as always.
    Take care and God’s Blessings to you, Bill and your family.

    Thank you Anne.
    I’m a boy of just 76, and, with Jesus help, I’m dreaming BIG.
    How Father loves “Beautiful Dreamers.”
    Many blessings.

    Ann, this is a lovely devotional! From one senior to another, I can identify with your loving concern for family and the younger generation. Most really enjoy hearing our stories. A wonderful way to share our faith also.
    Blessings on your day today.

    Dear Anne:
    Isn’t it wonderful that we can look forward to a heavenly adventure? Our prayer must be, that our families will join us.
    God bless you on this earthly trek.

    Oh, I can SO relate to this message Anne. Also, to the aging aches and pains. However, to share the joy that Christ has brought into my life, with my children and their youngsters, is always my heart’s desire too.
    Bless you for a beautiful devotional and message to begin my day.

    Anne! Please know what a blessing you are to the readers of your inspired devotionals! With a son approaching fifty, so closely, the feeling that you might not make that journey on the water is not unusual. But the vigor of Faith in your piece does not correspond to an author about to stop dreaming!

    Good message Anne. I’m in my fifties and will be celebrating another birthday soon. Lately, I’ve been having the same thoughts about traveling and doing the things I used to take for granted. Time sure has a way of sneaking up on us! Thanks for sharing your wisdom and insights reminding us of the blessings yet to come at our journey’s end.

    What a lovely devotional! Please do continue to write. And do continue to dream dreams as you follow God’s Will in your life. Who knows….perhaps it IS part of His plan for your life to travel on a journey with your son. We never know what God has planned for our lives — all we do know is that HE does indeed have a plan for each of His children that HE unfolds for us each day of our lives.
    God bless!

    Very touching Anne,
    I wish I had some grandchildren to tell. Our children need to get married first.
    It seems like you have fought a good fight, however, don’t be surprised if we are caught up in the air to meet the Lord soon.
    It looks like we’re in the last days now.
    You hang in there and keep writing.
    God is good.
    Blessings in Christ.

    Hi Anne, I could really relate to this devotion! We are with friends right now but I am having difficulty getting around and am not able to walk as I would like to or do things that require a lot of walking or standing. I have managed a few things but then I need time for my legs to rest.
    I can relate to what you are saying about getting older and more limited. I am also very grateful for the journey that we have travelled with our Saviour over the years and for the many opportunities we have had to serve Him. Blessings to you and yours.

    Hello Anne:
    My mother’s lineage goes back to Scotland so, several years ago her friend asked her to visit Scotland with her. Mom turned down the invitation using the same excuses that you had with your son. Guess what. Mom lived many more years without ever seeing her family’s homeland.
    If your son’s invitation is still open, please take the trip with him. You’ll have the time of your life, and you will likely leave your aches and pains behind.
    You quoted King David when he prayed, “Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.” What a wonderful way to use your sailboat journey to Jamaica to introduce God’s caring for you even though you may be old and gray.

    Dear Mrs. Russell,
    This is so meaningful and thought provoking. God bless you for sharing with me.

    Thank you, Anne, for your very precious devotional.

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