When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. ~Victor Hugo
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Mr. McIver came to church with a glisten in his eye. “I went to the nursing home to feed my wife her breakfast. She was alert and ate every bite of the peach I cut up for her.” His soft, shaky voice made it hard to catch all the words, but his spirit drew us into his joy. For nearly four years, you'd find him spending time with her, feeding and caring for her--even though on most days she did not even recognize him. “I told the Lord it would be good if Clara and I could go to heaven together.”
Our senior adults have hard issues facing them. While we call the retirement age the "Golden Years," for many they are anything but golden. They struggle with financial and health issues. And on top of these and other struggles, the devil fights with all his vengeance, telling them they are of no worth to anyone.
But they are of worth to us--we need their wisdom. And they need us--they need our encouragement.
Five ways to brighten a senior's day:
1. Fill a bird house. When seniors are homebound, watching birds helps them pass the hours.
2. Fill the cookie jar. Cookies are universal--everyone likes them. And not only will the seniors enjoy the treat, they'll have fun sharing with their visitors.
3. Take the baby. Seniors love babies. Sit close, because they won't be able to resist touching their soft skin and trying to squeeze a smile. However, limit the visit to 15 minutes, especially if baby is fussy.
4. Take a walk with them. Sometimes a walk around the block is just what is needed. Move slowly, enjoying the flowers and sunshine.
5. Take their favorite fast food dessert. Our pastor's wife used to take a Frosty to a dear lady who loved them.
We read in Leviticus 19:32, Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly. Let's all work to put a twinkle in some wrinkles this week.
Share the Shelter and Giveaway
In Joy Busters: 120 Ways to Encourage Older Adults, Missy Buchanan shares ways to encourage older adults through conversation, music, photographs, and more. Link to Share the Shelter or leave a copy to be entered into the giveaway.