Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Turning 50

Ok, it's been "forever" since I've last posted...but I've been thinking lately about my upcoming birthday. Tomorrow I turn 50. Half a century. How much time do I have left to accomplish what God has for me to do? I don't know. But it has inspired me to post more often. So, by the grace of God, I hope to do just that. Starting with lyrics inspired by an old tune.

(with apologies to Uncle Rand)

Now I've got a house here in Marysville
And the rent is not too high
Even though it may not all be mine
For now it's enough to get me by
And lately I've been taking stock
Of all that I've been through
Oh tomorrow is my birthday
Feels funny, but it's true
I'm turning 50

Now I've got a wife who really loves me
And she makes my life so sweet
Six kids that I love so much
Who make it all complete
And my world is very different
From those crazy younger years
But if I had the chance to go back
I'd rather stay right here
Turning 50
I'm turning 50

And I have friends who care about me
They're the best I've ever had
And they always stand beside me
Whenever things get bad
And I still love to preach the gospel
Though pastoring sometimes can be a trial
But every time I step into the pulpit
My soul begins to smile
Turning 50

Well now 50 ain't like 30
And it's not like 45
My back's a little stiff
And there's a bunch of lines around my eyes
But I've still got my Jesus
And I've got most of my hair
I'll keep on praying for Tori to come home
And I'm not really scared
Of turning 50

This new century looks like tough times
The world is turning sour
So I'll keep on serving Jesus
And await the final hour
Even though I've often failed Him
In these 50 rocky years
His mercy brought me this far
And His love has dried my tears
I'm turning 50

I'll treasure these years
I'm turning 50
And that's all right
I'm turning 50

The past behind me, and the cross before me,
Pastor Dave