90-year-old Fran Goldman of Seattle had an appointment to get her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine recently. The fact that there was a huge snowfall might have been problematic for some people. It turns out that it was no problem at all for Fran. She walked almost 6 miles round trip in nearly a foot of snow to keep her appointment! Her story has spread all over the country. In an age when many Americans seem to be content to consider themselves helpless victims of life’s unfortunate circumstances, this spunky senior citizen has shown us all what true grit is all about. Our nation could use more people like her.
This story reminds me of one of my favorite senior citizens in the Bible, Caleb. When the Israelites were receiving their allotment of land in Canaan, Caleb said, “…So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.”—Joshua 14:10-11.
Stay strong, my friends! Stay strong!