Today I am 82 years of age! I never thought I would make it! But God has
been so good. Today’s attached devotional by good old John Newton
(author of that wonderful hymn “Amazing Grace”) well sums up how I am
feeling. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Lamentations 3:24 (ESV)
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
“From pole to pole let others roam,
And search in vain for bliss;
My soul is satisfied at home,
The Lord my portion is.
Jesus, who on his glorious throne
Rules heaven, and earth, and sea,
Is pleased to claim me for his own,
And give himself to me.
His person fixes all my live,
His blood removed my fear;
And while he pleads for me above,
His arm preserves me here.
His word of promise is my food,
His Spirit is my guide;
Thus daily is my strength renewed,
And all my wants supplied.
For him I count as gain each loss,
Disgrace, for him, renown;
Well may I glory in his cross,
While he prepares my crown!
Let worldlings then indulge their boast,
How much they gain or spend;
Their joys must soon give up the ghost,
But mine shall know no end.”
[The Works of John Newton III, (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1820), p. 382-383]