Remember your Creator in the days of your youth. Ecclesiastes 12:1
While it is true that, humanly speaking, we are never too old to repent and turn to God, it is equally true that we are never too young to do so. God, our Creator, is to be remembered in the days of our youth.
When Martin Luther starts to recount the great blessings we have received by creation, he does not begin with trees or flowers or sunsets. He does not give priority to gold, silver, copper, or iron. He says, "God has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses." What profound insight! These are the things with which the Creator has endowed us and which are at their keenest in the days of our youth. Too frequently, there are days and days when we express little appreciation for them. We will begin to understand their value only when our strength wanes and the powers of our senses fail.
We must realize that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in us. Because God in Christ invaded human flesh to redeem us from sin and restore us to holiness, we should remember our Creator and thank Him for every good and perfect gift in the world.
PRAYER: Praise to You, O Lord, the Almighty, the king of creation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.
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