Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 9 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 20
Food for Thought: Prov. 20:29
It seems so common these days to place a great emphasis and appreciation on youth and beauty and completely ignore the elderly. The elderly, especially once they appear to have lost their strength, are often marginalized, to the detriment and shame of the entire society.
The elderly have so many years of experience, so many stories to tell. Their very lives give insight into history, even when they personally are unable to express it. They have endured challenges and witnessed the remarkable advancements in society through the years. And many of them have given sacrificially to their family, to their community, and to their country.
In many of them there is great wisdom. They have made the mistakes in their youth and can look back on the lessons learned and can share them. Some of them are great examples of courage in the face of enormous dangers, and their testimonies are deeply inspirational. (See Prov. 16:31.)
Even if it appears that they have nothing of value to contribute currently and are in need of much attention, they are vessels of life. And life itself is worth honoring, for life intrinsically has immense value as its source is God Himself. While their lives were not perfect in any means, their very existence offers a contribution to humanity, and they deserve respect. So if you have an opportunity today to honor someone in his/her golden age and impart a blessing of any kind on them, don’t hesitate to do so! Pay them a visit, or give them a call, or minister to their needs, and give them unconditional love. Their life is precious and worthy of honor.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):