Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens, you who have done great things. Who is like you, God?” Psalm 71:18-19


It was Bob Hope who said, “You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake. Today I turn 80 and I don’t feel a day over 79.


Have you noticed that when your birthday approaches, people want to know how you’re going to celebrate it?  After Easter services, my wife and I joined family and friends for dinner. And during the festivities, the topic of birthday wishes came up. As I was trying to think of something stupid to say, one person said they wanted to skydive while another said they wanted a tattoo.


I’ve noticed that when I’m with a group of people, I’m often the only one who doesn’t have a tattoo. So, I’m thinking, what tattoo would be appropriate? It was suggested, that at my age, the best idea would be my name and address.


When I was a kid, I asked my dad why men had tattoos? He said that they were most likely sailors who went on leave in a foreign port, got drunk, and woke up the next day with one.


I remember hearing a newscast saying an escaped murder was on the loose. They described him with height, weight, color of hair, race, etc. Then they said he had a tattoo on his forehead that said “STUPID.” It seemed to me that the only description of the man needed was “stupid” written on his forehead.


So how will I spend my birthday today? After I leave Bread of Life, I’ll go to the Golden Corral for their senior buffet and then go home for a brisk nap.



Pastor Alan