15th Sunday After Pentecost
“Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made.” — Robert Browning
“Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by virtuous living” — Proverbs 16:31
5th Avenue Family & Friends,
Robert Browning’s tribute to age in his poem “Rabbi Ben Ezra” intrigued me enough to be remembered on this Grandparent’s Day and the Celebration of Bro. Martin’s 6oth Birthday. And, on reflection, I see his wisdom.
Now, as Bro. Martin and I begin the walk through the more mature years of life and as Grandparents, I find the years of striving have woven themselves into a smoother fabric of harmonious relationships. There is a peaceful serenity, now, under which lies a common denominator of contentment. Certainly, troubles come now, as always, and we foresee many more as age creeps on, but we faithfully view them from a different perspective and their relative importance claims less emotional stress. We humbly take an exciting and thrilling seat on these cushions of extraordinary lifetime experiences – Grandparents and 6 decades of life – buffered by the good and loving memories stored for rainy days.
May God shower his amazing grace upon Grandparents, those that serve as Grandparents, and all people that are the village which provide love, support, encouragement, and prayer for the children.
“Gracious God, I ask you to be a shield for these precious grandchildren, and sustain them throughout their entire lives. Be the One they cry out to, and hear them when they call. Amen.”
God bless you all,
Pastor Clarissa and Bro. Martin
Rev. Clarissa Martinelli
Pastor, Fifth Avenue UMC
323 South Fifth Avenue
West Bend, WI
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. I am a child of God.” marianne williamison