尊敬老人 Respect Age
“在白发的人面前，你要站起来；也要尊敬老人，又要敬畏你的上帝。我是耶和华。” 利未记 19:32
Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the Lord. L E V I T I C U S 1 9 : 3 2
God loves old people. Do you? He loves their long stories and deeply grained smiles. He loves their rascally outlook and feisty concern for the world. He loves their wrinkles and wisdom and wit. He loves people who have aged like good wine, without whining, of course. He loves those young-hearted warriors who have lived through generations, through wars, through terrors, through economies, through leaders, and they still stay simple and focused on what is right and true.
God seems to believe that someone who has lived a long life has earned the right to be respected. The years haven’t always been easy on them. For every ring of the tree they have borne the weight of joys and sorrows, jubilation and loss. Their memories are both sweet and bitter. And the Lord knows every fiber of their being and he loves them with every fiber of his being.
Dear Jesus, how can I expect to be respected if I fail to respect those who have come before me. Help me to honor you by honoring those older than me. Amen.
Do something that shows respect for an older person, such as sending a thank-you note, extending an invitation to lunch, offering to do yard work, going fishing, or simply sitting down for a long conversation.