October 31, 2009
Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent. Psalm 71:9
Every time we go past the pet store, my beloved wife, Pammie, drags me in.
That's because she finds the antics of small puppies and kittens absolutely irresistible. And though I am fully aware of the puppy mills that operate across the country, and even though I am afraid we will end up with some of those adorable animals, I enjoy the visit, too.
The reason I share this is because the last time we stopped by there was a sign on the glass window.
The sign said, "Love Guaranteed Forever."
Now, there's no question in my mind the pet store certainly does sell animals that, given a chance, will love their owners. My problem comes with the word "forever."
Forever seems to be stretching things a bit.
Is there any place where love can be guaranteed forever? Because of sin and death, even the most faithful of spouses will eventually have to say an earthly "farewell."
This is why, if we are looking for real permanence in love -- a love that is going to be around forever -- we're going to have to find it in someone who will always be with us.
That kind of criterion limits things, doesn't it?
Truly only the eternal, omnipresent Lord has the ability to give us love which is guaranteed for all of our tomorrows. Only the Triune God can make a loving commitment that can be counted on to last forever.
The Psalmist should have been sure: The Lord doesn't cast off the elderly, and He will be around to strengthen us when we have grown weak and tired.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I live in a changing world. People, philosophies, countries, and leaders all come and go. This is why I give thanks that You, dear Lord, can be counted on. Your love as shown in the Savior's sacrifice is a source of comfort and strength to me. For that eternal love I give thanks in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries