Thursday, June 07, 2007

Many Happy Birthdays

I visited one of our members in a seniors' residence yesterday. He told me that today he will be celebrating his 91st birthday. We always have great chats and his outlook is impressively positive. He admitted that he has been "down" lately and seemed a bit surprised. He takes great comfort in his prayer life, his "conversation with God" as he put it. And he is hugely grateful for family support and the staff where he lives. So going through a tough patch has taken him off guard.

We addressed this seriously but we also ended up laughing together about some of the foibles of his youth. I visited four people over the age of 85 yesterday, one of whom is 101! In each case we prayed and we laughed. I realize this is a winning combination, a sense of humour and a sense of God's abiding presence.

Happy birthday Grover.

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