Daily Devotions: The Good Old Days

Times pastWe call them the good old days – times past when life was less stressful and people were more innocent. We remember them fondly in our hearts and for every generation, the good old days is a different decade, a different culture, a different society.


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I find myself revisiting the past by watching old movies, or viewing old TV programs from my childhood, or listening to classic songs and real singers from the past in my car. As I do these things, I find myself wistfully transported back to the days of old and sometimes I wish I was back there still. But time moves on and waits for no one. Eventually, I am brought back to my responsibilities and present day circumstances.

 Bible Verse of the Day

Deuteronomy 32:7     Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you. Old hymns cause me to experience the same.

Last night, I was preaching at a senior citizens’ assisted living center where we sung hymns that I hadn’t heard in years. I also read from the King James Version of the Bible and felt the tangible faith of the people present as I intoned the old “Thees” and “Thous”, “heareths” and “leadeths” ( the word check on my computer is now having a fit because it doesn’t recognize any of those words). It was very comforting to feel that some things never change, and that the good old days of the Bible can still penetrate the hearts and souls of people.Like me, you’re probably facing another busy week.

Perhaps you have deadlines to meet or projects to accomplish or targets to achieve. In the midst of all our busy-ness and the stress of trying to keep up, it’s good to know that God never changes, that His words are always relevant, and His love endures forever.

Prayer:                        Lord God, You know what kind of week that I have before me. You already see what things I must do and paths I must take. Help me and hold me; guide me and lead me; comfort and embrace me, step by step and day by day. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.

About Stushie

I'm originally from Scotland and have been a Presbyterian pastor for over thirty years. I live in Knoxville, TN. I enjoy art as a means of therapy, but also as a creative way to strengthen my spiritual connection to God.
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