Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Elderly Generation: Custodians of fruitful life (Senior Citizens Day)
Andy Rooney, a famous radio and television writer, once said, “The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.” If you’ve ever sat down with a grandparent, an older mentor, or just an elderly friend, you know this quote to be true. They might not be the most technologically advanced as young people, but they may surprise us with nuggets of wisdom which we may not find in any book.
Simeon had peace in his heart and rejoiced that God had enabled his eyes to see the Savior. At a time when he could have spent time regretting his past, lamenting his present and worrying about his future, we see him at peace with his past, present and future because he is at peace with God. That is the closeness of his relationship with God
Simeon looked forward to the consolation of Israel. Now he rejoices in the fact that baby born to Mary and Joseph is indeed the Messiah who will save God’s people. Simeon is happy that God has blessed his people.
Simeon re-inforces the fact that the baby born to Mary is destined to do great things that will be the cause of salvation for many and strife for others. In his prophetic wisdom he proclaims that the child is special. Among the hundreds of babies that must have passed through the Temple courts before their eyes, Hannah and Simeon have the prophetic wisdom to recognize that this is no ordinary infant.
Elderly people can make their life fruitful when
Our elderly have spent their lives caring and sacrificing for us. And now it is our responsibility to treasure them and care for them. That is the only command in the Bible with a promise, “Honor your father and mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”
Dear Lord, give us grace to care for our elderly and may their hearts be filled with joy and peace throughout the rest of their days, Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count, but life in your years.
Rev. Thomas John, Carmel MTC, Boston