An Old Man’s Wisdom…by Donna Clark Goodrich

Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me.

—Psalm 71:18

“Time to read the Bible, Clarence,” I said to my 72-year-old stepfather. My mother had recently passed away and  he was spending  the winter with us. Suffering from dementia, I knew he didn’t understand all I read, but I knew that he enjoyed it.

This morning’s passage was from Romans 8. I looked ahead at all the difficult words: “Who shall separate us from the love of  Christ? …tribulation … distress … persecution … famine …  peril  … principalities.. height… depth…nor any other creature.”

There’s no way he can understand that, I thought. I’ll just read Romans 8:28. “All things work together for good to them that love God”. That’s familiar to him.” But I sensed God saying, “No, read it all.” So I plunged in and read every verse.

Holding elderly hand

When I finished, Clarence sat with a pleased smile on his face. “Nothing can separate us from God,” he repeated with childlike happiness. “Isn’t that nice?”

I suddenly realized the truth of his words. Nothing—not even his failing faculties—had separated him from his awareness of God’s love for him.  “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture,” the noted preacher Charles Spurgeon once said. I thanked God that this was true in my stepfather’s life, and I prayed that it would always be true in mine as well.

About dgood648

Donna Clark Goodrich, Mesa, Arizona, is a speaker and author of 24 books and over 700 published manuscripts. She and her husband Gary have 1 son, 2 daughters, a pastor son-in-law, and 2 granddaughters. A freelance proofreader/editor and speaker, she enjoys writing devotionals, self-help books, and personal experience articles. Her latest books are A Step in the Write Direction—the Complete How-to Book for Christian Writers, The Freedom of Letting Go, and a joke book, The Little Book of Big Laughs. A children’s picture book Rhyme Time Stories for Little Ones will be released in February 2016 from Harvest House. Contact her at or She also blogs every Monday at:
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6 Responses to An Old Man’s Wisdom…by Donna Clark Goodrich

  1. Linda Carlblom says:

    I love this, Donna. Childlike faith (or elderly faith in this case!) is what God desires from us. Beautiful example. Thanks for the reminder.


  2. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    God’s word has the ability to reach us wherever we are, if our hearts are receptive. Truly wonderful.


  3. dgood648 says:

    You’re right, Andrea!


  4. Beautiful, encouraging post, Donna. Thanks for sharing.


  5. Beautiful! Thank you, Donna, for listening to God’s urging and reading the whole chapter, so that you could receive this gift and share it with us.


  6. dgood648 says:

    Thanks, Jane. A lot of things he didn’t understand and repeated things a lot, but he knew God loved him. His favorite song as “Since Jesus Came Into My Heart,” and he always cried while watching Billy Graham when they sang “Just As I Am.”


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