With long life will I satisfy…

Helen Preston
Helen Preston

With long life will I satisfy him,And shew him my salvation. (Psalm 91:16 KJV)

The year was 1912, a first-class postage stamp cost two cents, New Mexico and Arizona became the 47th and 48th states to join the union and Woodrow Wilson received the democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States. On April 15 of that year, the unsinkable ship, Titanic did the unthinkable, it sank. The radio act of 1912 became law, requiring radio stations to have three and four letter codes.  But the news that escaped notice occurred on Monday, July 1, 1912, in the city of Cedar Grove, West Virginia, a young black family welcomed the arrival of their newest member, a  little girl they name of Helen.  Helen’s father was the local barber and cut everyone’s hair, both black and white. When the men did not have cash to pay Helen’s dad for haircuts, they would pay with livestock. 

Why may you ask am I talking about a child born over one hundred years ago? The reason is a good one. On Friday, July 1, 2016, that little girl from Cedar Grove, West Virginia, celebrated her one hundred and fourth birthday. She and five generations of the family joined the event.  

Helen attributes her long life to holy living and faithful service to the God of the Bible.  I first met this beautiful lady in 1984. She was a young  Septuagenarian, full of life and thanksgiving.  She would tell anyone who asked, “In trusting God to live to be one hundred.” 

We thank God for blessing us to be in the company of someone who has served him for over nine decades.

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