Today is Jerry’s 75th birthday.
Leviticus 19:32 “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.”
Proverbs 20:29 “The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.”
Proverbs 16:31 “The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.”
In the fineness and beauty of youth did I find, admire, and marry you. Relentlessly, the years have moved on, as does deep, cold water, snatching away your strength, your stamina and your endurance. Replaced with those transient and fading gifts have come wisdom, gentleness and enduring righteousness. Moving smoothly and inexorably into the place of the dark-haired firey evangelist, eager for life, has come a tender, compassionate, grey-haired gentleman. A man of righteousness, godliness, and faithfulness.
For truly, you have never changed. Within the ever-so-slightly fading body yet beats a heart for mankind, a burden for the lost, a love for your family, and a continuing passion for God and for His ways.
I salute you, respect you, love you and wish you a very happy birthday.