What the Elderly Can Offer

Psalm 145:3–7

Additional Scripture Readings: Job 12:12; Psalm 92:12–15

According to recent statistics, the average church has an “experience bank” of about 3,700 years in their senior citizens. What a reservoir! What a storehouse! How many years of wisdom do the experts of your own family possess?

Those experts preserve traditions passed down from one generation to another. They provide continuity and stability. They demonstrate a living faith that links the past, the present and the future. However it is passed down, the generations of your own family have much to offer you.

The greatest gift you may be able to offer the elderly is the opportunity to share their offering with you. Record on video or audio tape their memories of earlier times. Ask them for that family recipe and then write it down for those who follow. Pull out the family Bible or genealogy and transcribe the births, weddings and deaths of those they remember so that you will never forget. Seek the offerings of the elderly. You and your children will be the beneficiaries.

Source:  NIV Devotions for Mom

Reading this reminds me of Timothy.  Paul wrote the following in his second letter to the young pastor,  “I am calling up memories of your sincere and unqualified faith (the leaning of your entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), [a faith] that first lived permanently in [the heart of] your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am [fully] persuaded, [dwells] in you also” (2 Timothy 1:5, AMP).  Timothy was the beneficiary of his grandmother’s and mother’s faith.

We can learn so much from our elderly.  They teach us about our family history.  They share their memories and words of wisdom that enrich our lives.  My son’s grandmother has so much experience that she is a blessing to her son and me.  She advises us on so many things.  Just the other day, she outlined three things that a woman should know how to do–cook, take care of her family and groom herself.  She advised her son to put aside money each week he got paid and use it to buy clothes.

Those of us who still have our mothers, grandmothers and elderly relatives still living among us, we should be very thankful and let them know how much we love and appreciate them.  For those who have departed, we let their legacies live on.

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