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Mystery in lifeís experience.


There would be hardly one person, even among the unbelievers, who would not have experienced a mysterious phenomenon at least once in his life ó like a prophetic dream, or an inexplicable event, where his life was preserved. But more often than not, people donít look back and therefore forget, or even try not to notice it. Many of us, when we are close to the end of our earthly span, can and must exclaim about ourselves in the words of the Psalmist:

" For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth. By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my motherís womb. My praise shall be continually of YouÖO God, You have taught me from my youth; and to this day I declare Your wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come. Also your righteousness, O God, is very high, You have done great things; O God, who is like You? You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again, and bring me up again from the depths of the earth. You shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side" (Psalm 71).

Observation of oneís life is one of the reasons why people, indifferent to religion in their youth, but having personally experienced along the way the power of Godís right hand, grow to become deeply and genuinely religious in their old age. Whereas before they were unfeeling, they now become pious, God-fearing, prayerful. Piety is not an indication of old age. It is present in people of all ages, and its fervour is naturally greater in younger years. Yet "piety of old age" is an indication of the not lost, not neglected lifeís experience ó a sign of remembrance of the manifestations of Godís mercy. 

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