JUST FOR SUNDAY: 10/2/11

Oct 2nd, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Inspirational Readings for Seniors

One of the happy experiences of having been a pastor is the huge variety of reading and preparation required.  Coming across inspired morality tales that help describe the human condition and methods for dealing with it offered a constant source of inspiration and stimulation.

What follows is one such discovery, which comes from the mind of Robert J. Hastings, called “The Station.

“The Station” by Robert J. Hastings, reprinted with permission.

“Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision.  We see ourselves on a long trip that spans the continent.  We are traveling by train.  Out the windows we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of smoke pouring from a power plant, of row upon row of corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of mountains and rolling hillsides, of city skylines and village halls.

But uppermost in our minds is the final destination.  On a certain day at a certain hour we will pull into the station.  Bands will be playing and flags waving.  Once we get there so many wonderful dreams will come true and the pieces of our lives will fit together like a complicated jigsaw puzzle. How restlessly we pace the aisles, damning the minutes for loitering-waiting-waiting-waiting for the station.

‘When we reach the station, that will be it!’ we cry.  ‘When I’m 18.’  ‘When I buy a new 450SL Mercedes Benz!’  ‘When I put the last kid through college,’  ‘When I have paid of the mortgage!’ ’When I get a promotion,’ ‘When I reach the age of retirement, I shall live happily ever after!’

Sooner or later we must realize there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all.  The true joy is the trip.  The station is only a dream.  It constantly outdistances us.

‘Relish the moment’ is a good motto, especially when coupled with Psalm 118:24, ’This is the day the Lord hath made; rejoice and be glad in it.’  It isn’t the burdens of today that drive us mad.   It is the regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow.  Regret and fear are twin thieves who rob us of today.

So, stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles.  Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot more often, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more, cry less.  Life must be lived as we go along.  The station will come soon enough.”  Copyright (c) 1980 held by the Robert J. Hastings Estate



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