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Musings 9, Endurance

August 13, 2017

I have heard that old age is not for the faint-hearted, but for many years I disregarded that information. Now I know it for a fact. Like many things affected by time, we wear out.

A recent cartoon in the funny papers, papers which seem to grow less funny, Dennis the Menace watches Mr. Wilson on his knees in the garden. “When will you be done, Mr. Wilson?” Dennis asks. “Me and Joey just want to watch you get up.”

The tribulations of aging are many, but we oldsters just don’t want to give up our gardens, even when “getting up” hurts, and we need to rely on the assistance of the near-by trowel to rise.

Hopefully we have acquired “endurance”, the quality that enables us to persevere in spite of difficulty. Endurance, the ability to suffer, was required to a great degree in Jesus, who exemplified remarkable endurance as he suffered on the cross. We have celebrated his patient endurance for over two thousand years, and we subside in trust and love. In this life some suffering is to be expected, and we must develop a patient endurance.

(Revelation 1: 9) John wrote, “I am your brother and your partner in suffering, and in the patient endurance to which Jesus calls us.”

(Romans 8: 17) We are the heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must share his suffering.

(Philippians 2: 14-15) Do everything without complaining or arguing. Live clean innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

 

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