The Gift of Years

Saturday, October 6, 2018


Today, in Mercy, we read how Job’s elder years were blessed with peace and prosperity. We want this serenity and peace for all of our dear elders. They have traveled the road ahead of us, often showing us the way.


Today, I have the joy of celebrating, with my dearest friend, her 90th birthday. What a gift those years have been to her and all who love her! By her simple, steady faith and her inclusive, unconditional love of others, she has allowed God’s Mercy to shine in her. Those who gather to celebrate her today cherish her and will surround her with their appreciation.

All of our beloved elders need and deserve this kind of love and respect from us. Tell your parents, grandparents and older friends what a blessing they are to you. Let them know they have shone a light on your path.

When Job sat with his children in the midst of his latter riches, he had found a deep friendship with God through all the challenges of his life. His household had been blessed with the same friendship by learning from Job’s ardent faith.

May we never take for granted what we have been given by the ones who go before us, on whose shoulders we stand.

Music: A favorite hymn of my 90-year old friend: To God Be the Glory – André Crouch

3 thoughts on “The Gift of Years

  1. Beautiful. Renee. It’s what I pray for as I get older. God bless, good Sr. Kate. What a beautiful role model of Mercy! I can’t wait to celebrate her today! ❤️🙏

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  2. Happy Birthday to Sister Kate, and God’s Blessings to her! Have a wonderful celebration together today! I can so relate, having celebrated my friend, Betty’s 91st this past summer. They surely are a blessing to those of us who are lucky enough to know them”

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