Out to Pasture?
Don’t turn me out to pasture when I’m old . . . Let me look life in the face. (Psalm 71:8-24, MSG)
My best friend, Jonathan, played a trick on me when we were in second grade. During recess, another girl joined us. Soon they put me “out to the pasture” while they played somewhere else.
Come to think of it, that’s a like the role of independent bookstores, to champion the small press, little known authors and books. They keep the books of Christian authors from disappearing from public view.
That childhood memory lies fifty-plus years in the past, but as my senior years approach, once again I fear the pasture. Since I landed in a nursing home a year ago, perhaps God has moved on to someone younger, with more time, health, and freedom to travel, than I do. I doubt I’ll make it to Australia, teach at a writer’s conference, or have a book on the New York Times bestseller list. Doubts can assail us, whatever age or stage of life we are at.
With David, I pray, “Let me look life in the face.” And it is life, every pain-filled, joy-filled, God-filled minute of it. Any honors that come to me, may I offer them as thanksgiving and praise to the Lord.
Today, my glass is half full and the liquid level is rising.
Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written twenty-six books, been published in twenty more, and has written more than 200 devotionals.