Our Elderly

September 13, 2022

Leviticus 19:32

“‘Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord.”

Our Elderly

               God seemed to be putting the elderly upon my heart this morning and as I looked and saw this scripture in Leviticus 19, it reminded me that how we treat our fellow man or woman, no matter their time or station in life, is how we treat the Lord.  It reminds me of Proverbs 19:17 where it says, “If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD–and he will repay you!”  When we show respect, patience and honor to our elderly then we are honoring and revering God. 

               Sometimes as older children who have aging parents we can get very impatient, indignant and curt with older parents.  They no longer operate, function and process at our pace, so we quickly lose patience and feel we don’t have much use for them.  Now, we would never admit that, because that would sound horrible, but it may be what you are carrying in your heart.  They have become our burden rather than our joy.

               My middle son, when he was around five years old, made an astute observation.  He said, “I understand, you take care of us when we are young and we take care of you when you are old.”  What could be simpler and more profound than that?  We must remember when we were the children and the investment our parents made into us to raise, teach and help us become what we are today.  So many elderlies are more or less warehoused in nursing homes and senior facilities, rarely to be visited by relatives of friends.  They are the forgotten and the neglected.

               You know, most all of us are going to get to that age sometime in our lives and how will we want to be treated or remembered.  Even a person who doesn’t have a lot of abilities still needs love.  They need our kindness, our respect and our honor.  When we dishonor them, we dishonor the Father, for He is much older than they and He did create them in His image. 

               Sometime we grow to view as a chore, what should be considered an honor and privilege that we at a place in our lives that we can return the good, the love and the patience our folks showed us as we were growing up.  I believe what my young son said those many years ago is a basic principle of the kingdom,  I only hope he remembers that when I reach that stage in my life. Care-giving is a place of self-sacrifice and its greatest motivation needs to be the love of Christ operating through us, not guilt or obligation.  Remember Him, who is our strength in time of weakness, our provision in time of want, our riches when we are poor and His faithfulness to never leave us or forsake us.  Let this same mind be in us that was also in Christ Jesus. 



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