Topics: Aging


I heard somewhere that you'll soon be celebrating your 90th birthday. My sincere congratulations and best wishes to you for such a long life! When is it, anyway? And what are your thoughts about living so long? Do you ever wish you could just go on to heaven?


Thank you for your kind greetings -- and yes, by the time you read this I will have celebrated my 90th birthday (on November 7).

I suppose my first thought about living so long is one of surprise! I never thought I'd live this long; when I was growing up, I can't recall that any members of our family lived to this age. I thank God for giving me such a long and full life -- and above all, my feeling is one of deep gratitude to Him for all His blessings. Often in recent days, I have recalled the Bible's words in Lamentations 3:22-23: "His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."

Most of all, as I look back over the years, I am thankful for Christ, and for His love and grace to me. When I was a teenager, some friends took me to hear a visiting evangelist, and one night I gave my life to Jesus Christ. He has made all the difference in my life -- and He will do the same for anyone who puts their faith and trust in Him. Have you committed your life to Christ?

Yes, I look forward to heaven -- now more than ever. But in the meantime, my goal is to be faithful to Christ until He calls me home. May this be your goal, as well.