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Accepting the Elderly

Psalm 71

Santhosh George

St. Johns MTC, NY
14 But I will hope continually, and will praise you yet more and more.

The psalmist commits himself to God's care.  He has enjoyed a life of faith commitment; and through the experiences of communion with the Lord, he has learned that Yahweh is faithful.

As I write this, I've been just blessed with a third child in our family life.  Miracle of life is one of the precious moments anyone can experience in their family life.  We may think that the more we experience that miracle, somehow it becomes less exciting, but, the contrary is true.

Arrival of every new creation reminds us of the Creator who made each of us in His image.  It is a reminder of the hand that knit each of us in our mother’s womb.  As we hold our little one, we are also reminded of our parents and their generation who helped us to become the persons we are today. 

We see their hope that is anchored in the rock of refuge that surpasses all doubts. We see their faith that goes beyond reason and logic.  We see their praise even when they are forsaken by others.  God’s presence and promise is plainly visible through the way they raise their children.  Even when it was not understood or well received by the children, it is an example of their trust in their master.  We see their strong will for them to say “But as for me…” when the culture goes the opposite way.

As we hold our new “bundle of joy”, we are grateful for our parents and the “villagers” who mold us into our characters!  More importantly, we are grateful for their witness of the cross and the Savior.  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to put our hope in Christ and to rely on him for strength during our time of weariness.  Father, help us to praise you more even in times of sorrow.  Amen.

Thought for the day: We have received many blessings and witnessed God’s promises unfold in our youth from the elders.  How are we transmitting those experiences to our children?

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