106-year-old woman says she lives a Bible verse

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Celebrating her 106th birthday, an American said her long life was a living example of what is promised in her favorite Bible passage.

Ruth Hilliard’s eyesight isn’t what it used to be, but the North Carolina woman still enjoys quoting scripture.

Hilliard’s favorite passage is Psalm 91:15-16: “He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.

The psalm begins by announcing that “he who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty”. Hilliard sees his own life as being under this protection, having answered God’s call and seen his salvation and contentment with a long life (as Psalm 91:15-16 suggests).

Born June 5, 1913, Hilliard was a teacher for decades and enjoyed mentoring children. The North Carolina House of Representatives honored his last anniversary with a certificate of special recognition.

While Hilliard’s age is impressive, the oldest person in the world is Kane Tanaka, a 116-year-old Japanese woman.

The oldest person living in Australia is said to be Agnes Kluchenn, 110, born in Scotland in 1909.

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