The elderly couple slowly walked into the restaurant. He was assisted with a cane while she had a walker. Their familiar faces beamed when they recognized our family. “Uncle Jake! Auntie Sally!” We rushed over to meet and escort them to our table. They were our godparents whom we had not seen in over fifteen years. As we embraced, the years melted away and their infectious laughter reminded us of how much we missed seeing them. Uncle Jake is a retired professor of dentistry whom my wife met when she was in dental school. Their family welcomed my wife who became like a daughter to them. Years later, when my wife and I were engaged, I had the pleasure of meeting both of them and was also warmly accepted. We were honored and delighted when they agreed to be one of our godparents at our wedding. Now in their nineties, age had not diminished their indomitable spirits as the twinkles in their eyes powerfully attested.
As we reminisced, I reminded Uncle Jake about his kindness to us a few months after we were married. Our two families were vacationing in Las Vegas and he surprised us by paying for our hotel that weekend. “That was such a kind and generous gift you gave to us just after we were married! Thank you again!” I reached out and clasped his hand. Uncle Jake smiled and put his hand on my shoulder. “You don’t have to thank us! Everyone needs a little help when they are starting out and when they are finishing.”
Our godparents practically demonstrated their love when we were starting out. Now it was our turn to help them. Their kind spirits reminded me of how God cares for us throughout our lives.
O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O LORD, from childhood. Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you! My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection. That is why I can never stop praising you; I declare your glory all day long. And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside. Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing.
Psalms 71:5-9 (NLT)
The psalmist who wrote these verses was looking back over his life, praising God for His guidance and deliverance. Now, in the autumn of his years, he didn’t take God for granted and once again was praying to God to continue to strengthen and guide him.
Uncle Jake, thank you for your unselfish love and advice that you gave to my wife and I when we were starting out. You were always there for us and your lives are an example to many. Now, we are grateful to spend quality time with you as you enjoy the fruits of your labor and your growing family that continues your legacy.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.