Sunday was busy for my husband and myself. One activity that we were involved in was prayer for fathers who came forward at church.
The congregation was small, because of a pancake breakfast before church. So, we could spend a bit more time with each man who came for prayer.
What I found interesting was the difference in need and demeanor of the men.
Not sure exactly what he meant, we greeted him and I asked if he was new at the church. He said his son attends the same church in Kansas City and when he comes for a visit, they always come to ours in Wichita.
His demeanor was calm....peaceful. You could feel God all around him. I told him it was a pleasure to be in his presence. That he was a blessed man. He was so pleased with life. You could tell that in his long life he was content with his situation. In the twilight of his life he was happy.
We prayed for him and when we were done, he opened his eyes and said, "I feel chills all over me." He looked up at us and then said, "really, I have the shimmers". I got a little concerned, thinking, "oh my, don't fall down." But, he did not fall. He stood there and enjoyed God for the moment and then he slowly lumbered away from us.
There you have the range of manhood. Men in their forties, understanding their responsibilities and yet wanting more. A man in the twilight of his life, contend and at peace and the young man who is just facing his giants and is afraid of what lies ahead.
All these men love God. They have devoted themselves to the service of the Living God. The oldest finds peace in knowing he has served and will see God. He waits for that glorious moment.
The forty year olds, continue to hold fast to the promise and in their struggles, of the flesh, have found that in all things God shows up.
The young man searches for answers. He knows God and yet life is beating him up and he wonders at the reasons. He struggles with the whys and why nots of this time we spend on earth and yet he keeps his eyes on God and instead of falling away from God, he just digs in further.
Young men, without God, are angry. This young man had good reason to be angry, but he was not angry. The men in their forties, had good reason to be worried, but they were not worried. But, most impacting, was the elderly man. He would have good reason to be in unrest, at facing the end of his time. But, he was not afraid. He like the others, even in all their different needs, had the truth inside of them. In that truth, they find the answer, to all their needs, in all the different seasons, of their lives.