Elder's Encouragement

Here it is September already. The month we usually associate with two things. Labor and fall. Labor day is on the 4th this year and the first day of fall is on the 22nd. At the end of July I turned 65. It depends how old you are as to how you think of 65. To me it seems as if I entered the fall of my life, which makes these lines by C.T. Stud all the more meaningful when I think of what I’m laboring at.

Two little lines I heard one day, traveling along life’s busy way; Bringing conviction to my heart, and from my mind would not depart; Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, soon will its fleeting hours be done; Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet, and stand before His Judgement seat; Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years, each with its burdens, hopes, and fears; Each with its clays I must fulfill, living for self or in His will; Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep, in joy or sorrow Thy word to keep; Faithful and true what e’er the strife, pleasing Thee in my daily life; Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Jack Meehan

Elder