Prophecy: “Come unto me all you who are heavily burdened and I will give you rest.”
Scripture Reading Nahum: “The Lord has this to say to you, “I will discipline you no more and now I am going to break that yoke of his that weighs you down, and I will burst your chains.”
From the Entrance Antiphon in today’s Mass: “Those who lead many to justice shall be like the stars forever.”
Psalm response from today’s Mass: “The Lord will not abandon his people.”
We have to arm ourselves with God’s Word. We are not fed by food alone, but by God’s Word. We need to learn his Word.
Pastor Tom Brock spoke on, “Does the Bible have advice on growing old?” Ecc 7:1 – “The day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth.” There are thorns in old age but you are closer to the gates of paradise. “This frail, old shell in which I dwell is growing old, but I am not the shell.” “I hear my Savior say, “Serve me til the night is day.” Lesson #1 – Younger is not better. 2 Tim 4:7 – “I have fought the fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” Lesson #2 – Serve God until you die. Psalm 71:18 – “Even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me until I declare your strength to this generation, your power to all who are to come.” The word “retirement” is not in the Bible. No matter what age you are, God has something for you to do. Luke 2 – Anna was a widow at age 84. She never left the temple. Lesson #3 – Be in church until you die. Hebrews 10:25 – “We should not stay away from our assembly, as is the custom of some, but encourage one another, and this all the more as you see the day drawing near.” George Mueller in his 90’s said: “As we advance in years, let us not decline in spiritual power, but let us see to it that an increase of spiritual vigor and energy be found in us, that our last days may be our best days. Let the remaining days of our earthly pilgrimage be spent in an ever increasing, earnest consecration to God.” Socrates began study of music at age 80. Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in his 80’s lying on his back, etc. Whether you are 8 or 88, find something to do for the Lord and do it until the day you die. HERE AM I, SEND ME, SEND ME.
Sharings: Gives me a sense of purpose. Our lives are always meaningful. The Lord always has something for us. There’s always a surprise around the corner. The elderly have wisdom.
Praise Reports: Guillaine: “Last week, after I was prayed for, my feet don’t pain me too much like before. I am able to sleep now, days without pain.” Margaret: Margaret had left her car in Calgary with an elderly couple. This week, she was told where she lives, that there is a parking space that she can now have. A few days later, she got a phone call that the gentleman was not driving any more and she can have her car back. Thank God! The Lord worked it out that, now, this will make it easier for Margaret to get around. The Lord has also put it on her heart that he has more for her to do. Maria: “After prayer over the phone, the meeting went very, very well. All the lies that the clients were saying about me, came to light. The reception that I have, now, at the office is unbelievable.” Anne: Very good progress in the healing of her knee. She is able to exercise, etc.
July 22 meeting will be live streamed at 7:30 p.m.