I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. Psalm 37:25
Research has indicated that, of persons over 85 years of age, some 20 percent are in nursing homes. Where do we find the other 80 percent? They are everywhere. Some live with their children in what is called three-generation families. Others live in their own houses or apartments, with or without assistance from others. Good health care has enabled many of the aging to care for themselves as they attain longer life spans.
Although the elderly, perhaps more today than in previous times, are better provided for, one has to keep in mind that their needs are more than physical. Their total well-being includes the social and spiritual aspects of life. Nothing can ever take the place of Christian love—love that the elderly receive and can extend to others. If involved in the exchange of love, they have the feeling that they are still in on things—in family circles, in community affairs, and in the mission of Christ’s church.
The Bible has much to say on the subject of showing consideration to people on the sidelines. What was said in the Old Testament still applies: “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God” (Leviticus 19:32). Again: “Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old” (Proverbs 23:22). And to the aging and ailing, God declares, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you” (Isaiah 46:4).
Certainly also the elderly, especially those in need, are our Lord’s brothers and sisters. When we serve them, we perform a ministry to Jesus Christ, who came among us to minister and to give His life as a ransom for us all.
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord God, for giving me life through my parents. Help me to love and respect them and all elderly people. Amen.
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