Sunday, September 11, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Caring and Accepting the Elderly – Senior Citizens Day
Marina Alexander
St. Andrews MTC, Yonkers, NY 
15 Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 
“Listen to your elders,” “respect your elders,” and so on. These and similar phrases are what most of us have grown up hearing. The reasoning behind them is understandable: that elders have gone through a lot of experiences that they have learned from, thus it would be in the next generation’s benefit to learn these lessons they have acquired through their faith in God to face challenges in life with confidence.
Elders have gone through the stages of growing up in this simultaneously wonderful and cruel world. They’ve learned and figured out what works best to lead a life that is pleasing in the sight of God and to glorify His name. 
Learning from elders does not mean doing everything they have done, exactly how they have done it and believing everything they believe.  We should listen, question, and use our intellect that the Almighty has given us, to decide for our self if what our elder says is something that aligns with the Word of God. At the same time we need to be thankful to our elders for transferring their wisdom which they have attained through the Word of God, thereby helping us align our self with the will of God. We should show our thanks by joyfully singing hymns and praising our Lord as suggested by the Psalmist. 
It is our Christian duty to take care of our elderly people with kindness and respect .


Oh Lord, help us to never quit striving for improvement in our thinking and character and  help us to honor and take good care of our elders. Amen.
Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days. Job12:12