Monday, January 11, 2010

What Does 100 Years Look Like?

Yesterday we had the privilege of attending an open house for Clara Gerig. She has been a member of our church for a long time, and very active in church. She is also related to me through my grandmother on my mother's side. On Tuesday (she informed me that is her actual birthday) she will be 100 years old.

She was telling some stories about when she was a little girl. And I was thinking, I hope I remember the stories of when I'm a little girl if I live to be 100. She is a dear sweet lady who loves the Lord, and gives Him all the glory for her length of years and good mind.

What was going on the year Clara was born? William Taft was President; the Cubs were actually in the World Series--they lost to Philadelphia! Also, the price of a first class stamp was 2 cents!

In the 1920's, the Prohibition Act was enacted (we could use that again), and thenwhen Clara was 19, there was the infamous stock market crash. And then in the early 1930's unemployment was at an all-time high; that decade was called the Great Depression.

It seems that what goes around, comes around. The 1930's don't sound much different than today, and the stock market is certainly not stable.

However, we weren't focusing on all of that . We were celebrating a life well-lived, and the birthday of a fine lady, who has had her share of difficult living, but in the last few years since I've gotten to know her better, I can't remember seeing her without a wonderful smile.

The Bible speaks about old age--and it seems to me being 100 years old would fit in that category.

Proverbs 16: 31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.

Leviticus 19:32 Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God.

Isaiah 46:4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you,
and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Psalm 71:18 Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me O God, till I declare your power to the
next generation, your might to all who are to come.

Certainly, Clara Gerig has declared to all those she comes in contact with, the power and might of her God.

Happy 100th Birthday, Clara!


Rebecca said...

No way! I would never guess from the picture that she is 100! You are blessed to know her and have conversations and interactions with her, I know (and visa versa - or however you spell visa versa).

Those verses are SO appropriate, instructional AND encouraging!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

If I could live to be 100, be healthy, and not a burden to my children, then all the more! I want to grow old gracefully. I was thinking today how badly my hip hurt while out exercising. If this is a sign of things to come, I might settle for 85.

Happy Birthday Clara. My grandmother was Clara. Fitting name.


Wanda said...

Clara does have a beautiful smile...and she looks wonderful for 100...maybe smiling is the secret!
Happy Birthday Clara!!!

Bernie said...

Happy Birthday Clara, and may God grant you many more years to share your life and your beautiful stories...wonderful post dear Donna, and I so love how you seem to be there for everyone.....many blessings my friend....:-) Hugs

Diana said...

Oh my, Clara certainly doesn't look 100 years old! It is fun to listen to all of the stories from the past. Funny, my husband and I just had a conversation a few days ago about how poorly our elderly are treated in this country. It's great that everyone showed Clara how much she is appreciated!
Love Di

Kelly said...

Just read the blog -Meditation from the Cardinal Nest - by Ruth !
At January 7 post ,you will see one amazing story about one amazing sister .She`s looking for founds to feed some hungryes childrens .
I just thinking how i can realy help !??
I pray that Joy For All will minister to it's visitors
and will encourage and bless everyone in some way.
We can identify with the disciples. At times, we have
a tendency to focus on the things that are going on around us instead of the One that is in control of all things. When that happens, reality may seem overwhelming, and the problems appear unsolvable. However, we must realize to be fearful
is to lack faith in God and in His provision for us. True faith focuses on God, not on the things that are happening.Psalm 139:11-12
If I say, surely the darkness shall fall on me,
Even the night shall be light about me.
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide
from You, but the night shines as the day,
the darkness and the light are both
a like to You.
in Jesus love >>

Brenda said...

Clara does look great. What a blessing to have good health and especially a good mind for so many years. She is a dear woman. I do love your verses on old age. Blessings,

Leah said...


I got your verses for Challenge 2010 #2. I'll probably copy and paste them into the Friday post so they will be on the right one. Alternatively you could post them to the Verse 2 post when you return home. Either is fine.


Dee said...

If that is what 100 looks like then maybe it won't be so bad. You are fortunate to have been able to have such a informative conversation with her. She is blessed to have such a sharp clear memory.

Annie said...

100 years certainly looks great!!! This reminds me of the song called 100 Years to Live...Happy Birthday Clara!!!!

Gina said...

Clara is such a beautiful Lady and to top it off she is celebrating 100 years??? Congratulations Clara! I really wish I could sit and talk with her a while. All the elders of my family are gone and I wish I taken the time to find out more about their lives.

You are truly blessed Donna!!