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You dear older family and friends are not alone in your trials. Aged servants of Jehovah in Bible times faced similar challenges.

For example, Isaac, Jacob, and Ahijah lost their eyesight. (

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) Sarah felt “worn out.” (
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) King David “could not get warm.” (
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) Wealthy Barzillai could no longer enjoy the taste of food or the sounds of music. (
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) Abraham and Naomi each had to cope with the loss of a marriage mate.
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