John 21:18 – “Sure”?

Absorbing God’s Word

“Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” John 21:18

Applying God’s Word

Louise and I were in Chicago last week for her parent’s 75th wedding anniversary. It was incredibly moving.

On the morning of their renewal of vows, Louise was helping her mother with her hair and makeup. Louise’s mom Josephine (93) asked if I would help get her husband Angelo (96) dressed. I looked at Angelo and asked if he was okay with that. He shrugged his shoulders a bit, smiled and said, “Sure.”

The above scripture rattled around in my head, while I assisted him. As I knelt down to put on his socks and shoes, I thought about Jesus washing his disciple’s feet. I was emotionally and spiritually touched, but somehow managed to hold back my tears.

I was humbled and yet so honored by this opportunity God had bestowed on me.

Accounting of God’s Word

Will I allow someone else to dress me when I am too old to do so? Have I asked God for the opportunity to dress someone who is unable to do it for themselves?

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