Gray is Good
Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.
~ Proverbs 16:31 (NIV)
Our society doesn’t see gray hair the same way the cultures in Bible times did. In those times, gray hair was a beautiful representation of a wise, elderly and much-respected person.
In our day, it is more of a representation of someone who just slows us down. People don’t listen to the wisdom those with gray hair have attained. Our children will be influenced by our culture to think that same way unless we do something about it. I propose that you expose your children to those who are elderly by putting them in a place where they can hang out together. Older people love to be around children and vice versa. Just their being together will help your child build respect for the elderly. Allowing your child to hear them tell their stories and other incredible life experiences will develop in your child an appreciation for them.
In a world that’s trying to figure out how to make euthanasia legal, let’s help our family develop a healthy understanding of God’s love for the elderly, and make sure we invest in their lives.
Father, there are wonders and mercies that You grant to every generation. We thrill at the sight of a newborn. We find pleasure in watching an active, playful child. We’re amazed and prayerful as the child grows into their questioning teen years. And we rejoice as the youth takes on the responsibilities of adulthood and family. We respond differently to every generation and conclude with respect and honor to those who go before us; the seniors and elderly. They deal with confinement, pain, physical and mental changes, in addition to the repeated losses of friends and family members. Prompt our memories to include them in our activities when possible, to give them personal attention, to pray for them regularly, and to seek them out when they’re among us. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray. Amen.In Jesus,
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Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Devotion taken from Once a Day Nurturing Great Kids.
Respect the elderly. You will be there one day.