Leviticus 19:32--You are to rise in the presence of the elderly and honor the old. Fear your God; I am Yahweh.
Whenever an older adult comes into our presence and we are seated, the polite thing to do is stand up. In doing so, we are consciously reminded that we are in the presence of someone with more experience. We are making a statement to that person that they matter. We must teach our children to respect their elderly. By doing so, we instill in them not just regard for a long life but a better understanding of love.
Larry Lorenzoni says, “Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.” Today my dad turned 90! When I called him this morning, he sounded great. And after he got his hearing aid in, I sounded great! I forgot to share Bob Hope’s sage observation with him: “I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap.” What a blast we had reminiscing. I am grateful for the years he and my-soon-to-be-90 stepmom have shared. They make a difference in today’s world despite their lack of energy and decreased mobility.
Dad writes five notes a day and mails them out to friends, family members, and people he cares about. Sometimes I get the same letter he wrote previously, and I’m thrilled because he is still writing. What matters is not the content but the heart-tent.
Soon enough, he and mom will have a new body and be in the presence of their Savior, Jesus. Soon enough, they will have no more cancer, pain, trouble hearing, or memory issues. Soon enough, I’ll grieve their loss. For now, I’ll thankfully stand in their honor with something to think about . . . in reveration!
The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.—Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)