Echoes From the Campfire

Sometimes I wonder if anything is ever ended.  The words a man speaks today live on in his thoughts or the memories of others, and the shot fired, the blow struck, the thing done today is like a stone tossed into a pool and the ripples keep widening out until they touch lives far from ours.”
              –Louis L’Amour  (The Daybreakers)

    “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
              –1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV)
I didn’t want to get out of my Monday and Tuesday routine, so I waited until today to discuss a milestone.  A few weeks back, Kim asked what I wanted for my birthday dinner.  My response was steak, either twice-baked potatoes or hashbrowns, green beans, and homemade bread.  Annie asked if I wanted cake or pie.  Now, my preference always runs to pie, so I got a little compromise out of her and she made me mini-pies for the weekend and a cake for my birthday.  So, while I’m on the subject of food and my birthday dinner I thought I should put forth one of my favorite poems.  It’s titled:  “Here’s to Steak.”

                   Here’s to that steak
                   Thick and juicy and sizzlin’
                   Cooked in the camp tent
                   When the weather was drizzlin’
                   With scaldin’ black coffee
                   Ate that steak with my knife
                   Now…what’s better in life?
                         –Vance Wampler

If you want to imagine that juicy, luscious steak go ahead, or go my facebook page for a picture of pure delight.
    So I reached that capstone birthday–70.  That’s the days we’re allotted.  Anything more is a bonus, but I reckon that the Lord has given me five years of bonus time already.  This coming June, it will have been five years since my heart attack; I had 100% blockage, so from that time till now it has been bonus time the Lord has given me on this old earth.

          “The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only of labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”
                        –Psalm 90:10 (NKJV)

For sure now, every day is a bonus.  Five years since the old ticker went whammee, and now the big seventy.  The Lord sure has been good to me through all those years.  He has met all of our needs, and blessed in many other ways as well.  My prayer is now that I don’t waste away the added hours and days; that they’ll go in serving Him one way or another.
    Thank you all for the birthday wishes.