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Dear Friends ...


How time flies by! And for sure, the older we get, the faster those years appear to gather pace.

This Dear Friends coincides with yet another birthday for me! My birthday is on Valentine’s Day so a significant day in itself with lots of red roses and hearts appearing. Let alone expensive dinners!

This year marks a biggish year for me and links beautifully to a famous Beatles song! Now, what you are supposed to say at this point is: “Which song are you referring to Lynne, because it could not possibly be When I’m 64 !!!”

That is the very song I am referring to. Looking at some of the lyrics - they are poignant:

When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now,

Will you still be sending me a Valentine? Birthday greetings? Bottle of wine?

If I'd been out ‘til quarter to three, would you lock the door?

Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four?

You'll be older too - and if you say the word, I could stay with you.

Send me a postcard, drop me a line, stating point of view.

Indicate precisely what you mean to say. Yours sincerely, wasting away.

Give me your answer, fill in a form: mine for evermore.

Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four?

Life has changed dramatically for me since I first started writing this Dear Friends. My husband Terry died just before Christmas suddenly, at home. We were together for 34 years. The words of that song are still very beautiful and mean a lot, and they make me smile. My memories will remain forever.

Looking now at Psalm 64, again striking words:

1 Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.

2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?

6 They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

8 So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

9 And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.

10 The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.

Verse 10 (the last one) is the most striking for me: The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory………….

Age is but a number and we really do not know what is around the corner. Stay safe, look after yourself and enjoy life. Be safe in the knowledge that God will be holding you in his arms and looking after you, always.

[From The Record, February 2021]

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