“Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame. Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:3-8
Dear Jesus, Our nation with it’s work ethic, economic prowess, government programs and resort style living for the elderly, makes all of us think that parents and grandparents have to take care of themselves. Then comes your word that lays care for the elderly at the feet of the family and the church. Help us to fully embrace the rich spiritual experience of caring for our family until you call them home. Make us people who won’t leave them lonely and afraid. Help us to give them friendship, provisions, rides and encouragement. Make your churches everywhere places that honor the experience and tenderness forged by years of living with our elderly members. And give the elderly courage to tell of their needs and to share their perspectives with the next generation. Thank you Lord for the privilege to live with people of all ages in our short sojourn on earth. Amen.
Having a friend who is long in the tooth will slow you down long enough to enjoy the deeper meanings of life.