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THE SPRING OF YOUTH

I wellcome you all to visit me at Jussi's Story Workshop. The reason why I've invited you here is this. I want to share with you an observation of mine. Large literally virtual circle of my acquaintances have already told you about their experiences and observations. Now I want to do the same. What my observation is then? I've seen the spring of eternal youth. Really! I only cought a glimpse of it, but anyway...

Every time ,when it's possible, I go to Roba 24 on Saturday nights. There is the Mission Assembly of Helsinki. Full house of young, beautiful and bold people are gathered there to praise God. In the growd, there are some older people like me. I take up a paternal attitude toward these youngsters, like they were my own daughters and sons. At least, all under 30 could be that just fine. I tell you a little secret now. You don't tell anyone, do you. In the matter of fact, some time ago, I made a decision to adopt them all on the mental level. Some paternal obligations follow that decision, of course, like taking care of their spiritual and mental wellfare. I strongly believe, that my own Father in heaven will give me ability and opportunities to fulfill these obligations.

Every time I experience refreshing and strong spiritual renewal in those meetings. That spiritual renewal is so strong that to home goes, not an old man at 52, but opposite, a young fellow at 25. The way to home goes with brisk steps and singing. That singing takes place inside of my head, though, because I don't have singing voice or musical ear. The juvenile goings-on continues at home, but then, I've to face the inevitable. Sooner or later I've to look in the mirror, and that lovely charm will vanish. At least partly. A small, refreshing shimmer of thoughts stay and germinate in my mind, while I'm looking that aging, wrinkling face in that mirror. I think, I caught a glimpse of that real Jussi, that eternal creation. Oh boy, what a refreshing if gives to the inner world of my soul, to the bottom of it. I had opportunity to lade a couple of gulps from the spring of eternal youth.

Well, there is nothing I can do for this wrinkling process. That all happens because of the sin, and though our souls have been saved already, we still have to wait for the redemption of our bodies. That might take a long time, because we don't know the moment, when our Lord will come and rescue us from the coming wrath and the judgement of the world. Therefore, it's good to be prepared in advance, because this innerly eternal young man at 25, might taken to bed, to become demented, or walk with rollable. That terminal stage might take a long time. Very rosy future for 'the old Adam', indeed, but nevertheless:" Therefore we do not loose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." (2.Cor. 4:16-18)

You might have noticed the existence of this spring already. Therefore, isn't it just and fare to tell about this spring to them, who know nothing about it. They don't find it in diets, gyms or plastic surgeries. This, my good friends, is our duty. Only our Lord is able to open that spring to them.

With juvenile greetings
J. P.