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On July 7, 2009, I was in a motorcycle accident that should have killed me. I was traveling at approximately forty mph when a car pulled out in front of me. I hit it broadside. My back was significantly damaged when I landed on the highway twenty-five or more feet from the point of impact.
On May 9, 2014, I was troubled/worried at how cranky my back was as I sat on a wooden bench in the Peruvian jungle church. The old injury is starting to catch up with me. At one point, I tried to stand and couldn't. I gathered myself, stood, and then wondered if I would be able to walk another step, or sit for five more minutes. All of this caught me off guard. Over all, for my age, I am in better than average physical condition. I weigh about twelve pounds more than I did when I graduated high school. I am active. On the Amazon River, I was shocked at how physically hampered I was for the first time in my adult life.
Upon arriving back at The Shire, I immediately focused on my physical core strength, specifically working on my lower back and abdominals. I cycle, so my cardio and legs are fine. I am not "old," but neither am I getting any younger. My sixth decade (the new 40's) is less than two years out. But most importantly, I am committing myself to a prayer of the Psalmist. I want to resist the wisdom of the age that encourages us to give in and slow down and coast into the shadow lands. As much as is within my power, I want to finish as strong as possible--out on the edges--proclaiming God's power to a new generation for as long as possible.
O Lord, you alone are my hope.
I've trusted you, O LORD, from childhood.
And now, in my old age, don't set me aside.
Don't abandon me when my strength is failing.
But I will keep hoping for your help;
I will praise you more and more.
I will tell everyone about your righteousness.
All day long I will proclaim your saving power,
though I am not skilled with words.
I will praise your mighty deeds, O Sovereign LORD.
I will tell everyone that you alone are just.
O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood,
and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do.
Now that I am old and gray,
do not abandon me, O God.
Let me proclaim your power to this new generation,
your mighty miracles to all who come after me.