Faithful Witness

"Listen to me, all Israel who are left; I have created you and cared for you since you were born. I will be your God through all your lifetime, yes, even when your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you. I will carry you along and be your Savior.

"With what in all of heaven and earth do I compare? Whom can you find who equals me? Will you compare me with an idol made lavishly with silver and with gold? They hire a goldsmith to take your wealth and make a god from it! Then they fall down and worship it! They carry it around on their shoulders, and when they set it down it stays there, for it cannot move! And when someone prays to it there is no answer, for it cannot get him out of his trouble.

"Don't forget this, O guilty ones. And don't forget the many times I clearly told you what was going to happen in the future. For I am God - I only - and there is no other like me..." Isaiah 46: 3-9 (TLB)

JudyAnn Krell Morse lives in Iowa. Even though her Dad had retired, he still received frequent invitations from local churches to preach on Sundays. But when he was 89 years old, he told JudyAnn that he would be preaching for the last time the following Sunday. JudyAnn began making plans for the seven-hour journey to hear his final sermon.

It was an emotional service for both of them. He knew his career as a minister was ending; JudyAnn knew the torch was being passed. After the call to worship and opening hymn, her Dad opened his well-worn Bible. And as he did, a remarkable change took place: his voice became stronger and the words came easier. Sixty-five years of sharing God's word gave him confidence to deliver that final message; he didn't need to read the scriptures he quoted because they were written on hos heart. And while his words came a bit slower and he peered at his notes a bit longer to bring them into focus, the Holy Spirit still shone through his words.

As the service ended, JudyAnn knew that Dad had preached two sermons that morning; One with words and a second with his long years of faithful witness.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for people whose faithful lives show us how to share your good news. Thank you for watching over us even when our hair turns to gray, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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