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<< Monday, June 20, 2011 >>
Genesis 12:1-9
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Psalm 33:12-13, 18-20, 22 Matthew 7:1-5
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"Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran." —Genesis 12:4

Scripture makes it clear that the latter years of our lives can be times for bearing great fruit. Consider the following:

  • At age seventy-five, Abram left his homeland with blind faith. He became the "father of many nations" (Rm 4:17).
  • Anna the prophetess was eighty-four when she saw the infant Jesus and prophesied (Lk 2:37-38).
  • Eleazar was ninety when he died valiantly (2 Mc 6:24ff) as a witness to his faith in God.
  • Moses was nearly eighty when he led the Israelites through the Red Sea. For the next forty years he led them through the desert to the border of the promised land (see Dt 34:7).

Those who live in Jesus, even if they are old by the world's standards, are new creations (2 Cor 5:17). They shall outwork young people (Is 40:30), constantly being renewed in strength (Is 40:31; Ps 103:5). "They shall bear fruit even in old age; vigorous and sturdy shall they be" (Ps 92:15). "Old men shall dream dreams" (Acts 2:17) and prophesy (Lk 2:25ff). Older women can begin significant ministries (1 Tm 5:9-10; Ti 2:3-5). God is not limited by what people think are limitations. He will use your limitations to reach those unreachable except through older people who actively serve Him. The Lord can save the best for last (Jn 2:10). The opposite of "old" is not "young" but "new." Be made new in Jesus, and serve Him now.

Prayer: Jesus, I'm just getting started in serving You. In You "I have strength for everything" (Phil 4:13).
Promise: "All the communities of the earth shall find blessing in you." —Gn 12:3
Praise: At age 100, Elizabeth still did her best to evangelize those in her nursing home.
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from June 1, 2011 through July 31, 2011.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 1, 2011.
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