FOREVER YOUNG

ART & POETRY BY KATHY BOECHER© 

Fairy tales can come true – it can happen to you, if you’re young at heart … Old, blue eyes, Frank Sinatra made that dream seem possible when he released “Young at Heart” in 1963. It was the same year that Camelot fell, and President Kennedy was assassinated.  I was only 21 and just at the beginning of my life’s adventure.  In less than a year I would marry my Prince Charming and live happily ever after. 

Youth is really overrated.  Those early years are filled with all kinds of new ideas, hopes and dreams.  It takes years of time, struggle, building, breaking, rebuilding and the love of God to become mature.  By the time you’ve reached the golden years, you’re not only falling apart, but the world also assumes you’re too old to contribute much of anything.  I suppose, if Washington has its way, anyone over 70 will soon be on the endangered list.

One thing I’ve learned over the years, is that we can’t change God’s plan for our life.  We can try to alter it in some way, but He’s in control.  To many that doesn’t seem right.  We should be masters of our own domain, right?  To those of us who have chosen to put our lives in God’s hands, it is not only a comfort, but the best possible place we could be.  Knowing this, we can be confident of eternal life — a life that will never fall apart, ache, suffer or be sad – a perfect life that will last forever.  Jesus made that possible!

Childish memories drift through the valleys and crevices of my brain,

Stored treasures from my youth come forth with such a loud refrain,

I sometimes think no mountain is too tall,

and then I stumble and I fall,

The bumps along the road will not deter me,

I will not cave to age and feeble fears,

I may not have the strength or hope to save me,

But I have someone drying all my tears,

Though life may quickly run its fitful race,

The Lord is right there dying in my place,

He lifts me up when I grow weary – carries me when I grow weak,

He clears the way though dark and dreary – even when it seems too bleak,

Life can last until a hundred, but our minds revert to things long passed,

Childish thoughts and empty wishes, stay with us until our last, 

On  my heart the words are written. I will speak them with my tongue,

Jesus lives and I’ll remain – after death – forever young.

About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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9 Responses to FOREVER YOUNG

  1. ken riddles says:

    Great post – enjoyed every word – experience can only teach. Blessings.

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  2. K.L. Hale says:

    I think this is one of my favorite posts. Kathy, it’s so full of wisdom and truth. You, and all those that some discount as “too old”, would never be thought of in that way from me and everyone I know and love. We look to you for wisdom and support. The generation behind me may think my “thinking” is too old. Look at all you and Paul have lived through; and loved through. With God indeed we are forever young. All our faith and hope in him gives us forever a youthful optimism! Sending love and hugs. My presentations were wonderful. And I was able to go get a new computer today as technology has been a thorn in my side for 3 years. I’m so thankful to God for his blessings. I will spend time this weekend catching up and learning about it. I pray you and Paul have a healthy and blessed weekend. 💛🤗💕

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      You make me feel so young. I think there’s a song in there. Thanks for always looking at the bright side of things. You’re a beacon in a dark world. Love you too❤️💙❤️💙💕💕💕💕❤️‍🩹

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  3. oneta hayes says:

    This is so good, Kathy. Your poems on this topic – aging, death, etc – really should be distributed in senior centers and rest homes. I pray that someone who knows how, and has the money to finance it would take on that project.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      You are so kind my friend. It would be wonderful to make this available as you suggest, but for now God is reaching out through me and my blog. If it encourages someone in the process His will is being done and His mission accomplished. To Him be the glory as I know you believe.

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  4. Lifetime Chicago says:

    The one thing that you mentioned is we really are closer to God and hear what he needs as we grow older and it is amazing how he works. Wonderful post!

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Thanks for your positive encouragement. We all need to hear kind thoughts like that. I so appreciate your posts about Chicago and it’s history. Since I spent my youth in Milwaukee I can relate a lot to each of your stories. You make the historical parts so interesting too. Paul went to the Art Institute of Chicago and the university as well.

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