Old age is a blessing from the Lord. It’s easy to come to that conclusion when you see so many who are young and middle age departing from this earth. To live beyond 80 and be in your right mind is truly a blessing.
Both of my in-laws turned 90 years old in August. We had a big family celebration to demonstrate our love for them. They are in reasonable good health. My mother-in-law has some challenges with walking since her operation on her ankle, and my father-in-law has an occasional problem with his stomach. Yet they both are still strong and try to pitch in to assist with family events as much as they can.
It was a surprise when they agreed to travel with us to see my son and his family last month. It was a 15-hr. trip in the car, as they do not like to fly. William and I have gotten used to flying now, but drove to accommodate them. The challenge for us was to survive the long trip with the least amount of air conditioning as possible, for it produces aches in my mother-in-law’s bones. We survived, and it was not as bad as imagined before leaving our home. It was a blessing to have four generations together enjoying one another.
My mother-in-law always treated me favorably, especially when I was pregnant. Now I try to go out of my way to take care of her too. Both of them are funny to be around and make us laugh a lot. Those of old age are truly a blessing when you stop long enough to care, glean wisdom, and enjoy them.
Look at what the bible has to say about old age:
Psalm 71:9 (NIV) — Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
Isaiah 46:4 (NLT) — I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.
Job 12:12 (NLT) — Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old.
Job 32:7 (NLT) — I thought, ‘Those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age.’
Proverbs 20:29 (NLT) — The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.
Leviticus 19:32 (NLT) — “Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the LORD.
Old age is a wonderful blessing from the Lord. Is there someone of old age that you can show kindness and love to? I found that just taking time to listen to them brings such joy to their hearts. Who of old age can you reach out to this week?