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A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything, a season for everything under the sun.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 NLT

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Those dogs of mine! They’re at it again, barking like crazy and racing along the backyard fence.

Every so often, another dog escapes from his yard and runs back and forth in the alley behind our five-foot-high wooden fence, tempting my dogs, Uber and Bear, to “Come and get me if you can.” After repeated calls, my dogs return—exhausted and limping.

“You guys are too old to run so much,” I say. (They are in their middle-teen dog years. This makes them about equal to my senior citizen age.)

But I understand. Aging hits and you can’t do what you once did. It happened to me the other night when we seniors rode the church van to attend the Brass Band concert in Silverton, Colorado. Our drive took one and a half hours between mountain heights and canyon depths. God’s creation filled me with awe, but the crumbly edges by the white lines next to the drop off into the canyon left me breathless.

The drive was worth every minute though. The rousing music of the concert became an exclamation point, matching the mountain grandeur. A stop for ice cream on the way home put a period to a super day.

By 10 p.m., I yawned and headed for bed. I woke up shivering at 3:30 a.m. I couldn’t stop shaking. After a miserable hour, I staggered to the bathroom and put on my flannel winter robe, then slept until 10 a.m. and dozed the rest of the day.

Face it, my body said. You can’t do and go as you once did. Hereafter I may have to listen to CDs from former concerts. Looks like a full day of activity may be too much for a 92-year-old lady.

So does God want me to sit around and do nothing? Well, maybe I will sit more, but if so, I’ll sit at the computer and write. Devotions, articles, and prayers can still be a part of my life. After all, God has given me these extra years, and what better way than to fill them for Him.

Don’t let age hinder your work for God.  

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Elizabeth Van Liere

Elizabeth Van Liere’s articles, stories, and poems have been published in various magazines for over sixty years. At age 87, her first book, Dare to Live, became available. Written for those “over the hill, but not under it,” the book dwells on the frustrations for those on the other side of 60. Because Elizabeth believes God has given her a gift of laughter, she shares insights in her latest book, Dare to Laugh, devotions for those “full of years.” From small, nagging irritations to tears-in-your-heart trials, she turns the focus on problems to God’s plan for our lives. At age 91, she passes on a glimpse of why we Dare to Laugh. (goo.gl/HjKzwy)


  1. Thank you for sharing this devotion, Elizabeth. I had convinced myself I'm too old to start anything new, but your devotion, "A Time For Everything," changed my mind! I realized through your words that age has nothing to do with being obedient to anything that God calls me to do!