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THE OLDER PREACHER
While watching a little TV on Saturday, instead of attending night church, I watched a church in Atlanta honoring one of its senior pastors who had been retired for many years. I wondered why the church even bothered to ask this gentleman to preach, as old as he was. After the warm introductory welcome of this speaker, and as the applause quieted down, he rose from his high back chair. He walked slowly with great effort and a sliding gait to the podium. Without a note or a written paper of any kind, he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady himself. Then quietly and slowly, he began to speak....
"When I was asked to come here today and talk to you, your pastor asked me To tell you what was the greatest lesson ever learned in my 50-odd years of Preaching. I thought about this for a few days and boiled it down to just one thing that made the most difference in my life. This sustained me through all my trials.. The one thing that I could always rely on when tears, heartbreak, pain, fear, and sorrow paralyzed me. The only thing that would comfort was this children's hymn song.
"Jesus loves me this I know.
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong,
We are weak but He is strong.....
Yes, Jesus loves me....
The Bible tells me so."
The older pastor stated, "I noticed that it was always the adults who chose the children's hymn 'Jesus Loves Me' (for the children of course) during "The Children's Hymn Sing", and it was also the adults who sang the loudest. I could also see They knew it the best."
"Here for you now... is "The Senior Version of Jesus Loves Me"
JESUS LOVES ME
Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in Him.
YES, JESUS LOVES ME.. YES, JESUS LOVES ME..
YES, JESUS LOVES ME, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.
Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in His I'll go
On through life, let come what may,
He'll be there to lead the way.
When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song..
Telling me in words so clear,
"Have no fear, for I am near."
When my work on earth is done,
And life's victories have been won.
He will take me home above,
Then I'll understand His love.
I love Jesus, does He know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say,
That I love Him every day.
Please allow the Love of Jesus that was in you as a child, remain as strong in you as an adult.
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