September 15, 2010
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31
Naomi Frost is not what you would call a "spring chicken."
When you reach the age of 103 as Frost has, "fall chicken" may even be stretching things a bit. Even so, Frost is a most thankful lady. She was able to celebrate the Lord's gift of 103 years and she did so in the company of her first great-granddaughter, one-year-old Avery.
Amazingly, both Avery and Naomi share the same birthday.
As a parish pastor of 25 years, I had the privilege of conducting many funerals. One of the most special was that of my oldest congregational member. She passed away at the age of 104. She, like Frost, was also a thankful individual. She enjoyed wonderful health and had a crystal-clear mind.
It was grand fun to listen to a lady who had seen men walk on the moon recall how she had, as a young girl in Nebraska, seen covered wagons stop at the family farm to water their animals.
Now if you asked either of these ladies, "To what do you credit your many birthdays?" they would offer much the same reply. Frost, speaking for them both says she didn't drink and she didn't smoke and she was surrounded by a loving family.
It is my hope all of you can say the same thing -- at least the part about having the loving family.
You do have one, you know.
You have a loving Father in heaven who has seen fit to bless you with this day. If you are reading or listening to this devotion, He has given you a reasonable mind and the ability to understand.
But you also have a dear Brother -- a Brother who was willing to offer up His life so that your life here, and your life in eternity, might be blessed.
Because of what your Brother Jesus has done and because of Holy Spirit-given faith, you can rejoice because you're going to live forever.
Which, in comparison, really does mean Naomi Frost is a spring chicken after all.
THE PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for my loving family. Thank You for my Brother Jesus who has taken me from darkness to light, from damnation to salvation. But I also give thanks for my family of faith. May I always live as one of Your children, and never bring embarrassment to the family. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries