I read a post yesterday at Jolene’s blog that really got me thinking about how blessed I am to have had(and still have) so many wonderful, godly elders in my life. Euther and Eunice Chesser, Arletta Hilderbrand, Ruth Rumsey, Paul Price, Lee J. Muncy and Gerald and Shirley Buxton are just a few names that come to my mind when I reflect on older saints and ministers that have influenced me through their preaching, testifying, words of encouragment and every day lifestyle. I went to a Christian college after highschool, and I remember hearing several elder saints of the church testify about how they had lived for God for over 40 or 50 years and how He had always been so faithful to them. I used to wonder if I would live long enough to have that kind of testimony. That is really my desire if God sees fit to grant me that many years. The poem below is just a little tribute I want to give to these special people. Some of the ones I know have gone on to be with the Lord, but I do look forward one day to a happy reunion with all of my elders in Heaven.
Path Of The Elders
I still hear their voices, ringing so true
My mind sees their hands uplifted in praise
Precious, the memories of elders I knew
Influencing me in my younger days
Their hoary heads I can still clearly view
Slower in step, but their eyes still ablaze
So privileged to have their path cross with mine.
Their lives spoke to me of God’s love so divine.
Worshipping the Lord and loving the Word
Serving God in valley or mountain peak
Many dead now, but their voice is still heard
Beyond the grave I can still hear them speak
Oh, may their memory never be blurred
To walk as they walked is the thing I seek
They left a heritage godly and great
A lifestyle I want to emulate.
One day when we cross to Heaven’s fair shore
And meet again in that blessed, sweet land
Those elders, they will be tired no more
We’ll sing strong and clear with the glory band
Praising the One they taught me to adore
As in His glorious presence we stand
Taking part in eternity’s pages
Forever blessed with the Rock of Ages.