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          Dr. Jerry Beavan

"Jerry Remembers" ... in which Jerry Beavan, at age 93, recounts events from his experiences in a wide ranging field of endeavors, which include being a college and seminary professor ... a corporate executive in the insurance and pharmaceutical industries ... a federal lobbyist in Washington, DC ... and as Billy Graham described him, "the architect of world evangelism as we know it today."

Now retired and physically handicapped, restricted to a wheel chair, Jerry has been Senior Editor of the weekly American News Commentary, now in its 10th year of publication.

 

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On this day, my 93rd birthday, I have begun trying to reach back into my memory as far as I possibly can, and the first, and oldest memory I have found is of the first bedroom I ever had, and a little framed motto which my parents had put there. As I began to read, the text of that motto was one of the first things I ever memorized.

It was a picture of two birds, sitting on the branch of a tree—a robin and a sparrow. After all these years I can still see that picture in my mind. And the words beneath the picture were these:

Said the robin to the sparrow, I should really like to know, why these anxious human beings rush about and worry so.

Said the sparrow to the robin, friend, I think that it must be that they have no Heavenly Father such as cares for you and me.

As I grew up, those words never left my mind, and I have written them today, just as I remember them.

The difference between then and now, is that then I accepted the message as a word of reassurance, but now I have for 93 years experienced the fact of His care for me through every step of my life's journey.

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