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Loving our Elderly

Loving our Elderly

Together with kindness and in understanding, let’s take this time to self reflect. I am here to inspire, encourage, and remind you that God has given us the most important weapon we have to fight the enemy, his Word.

Now let’s dress our soul like we dress our bodies, EVERYDAY!

Loving our Elderly

“Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails.” Psalm 71:9 NKJV

As I reflect on memories of my grandmother, I always enjoyed helping her. Whether it was hanging the laundry on the clothes line, shelling a brown bag full of field peas, putting up can goods, or taking out the trash. I was blessed to have had my grandparents in my life as an adult. I watched examples of my mom, aunts, and uncles show me the importance of what it means to care with their actions. I saw all of them helping with things like, cutting the grass, repairs around the home, and picking up dinner. Nothing did Madea’s heart better than having her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren under one roof. I can still hear the laughter and smell the soul food coming out the kitchen, as we looked at all of the family pictures.

Our senior taught us by example in their lives. They showed us what it meant to work hard, the importance of a family who prays together stays together, and a commitment to building up and not tearing down. The love and sacrifices they gave, made room for our dreams and plans to become a reality. They took less, giving us more.  They deserve to be treated with respect. Nothing saddens my heart more than to hear someone talking down to an elderly person.  It just isn’t right. Our tone, attitude and how we speak to our seniors says a lot about where we come from and who raised us. I was personally raised in the era of “yes ma’am, and no sir.”  We must treat them with dignity. That means treating them the way we’d like to be treated ourselves. They still have a say in what is right for them.

Don’t put off what you can do today friends, the seniors in our life need their flowers while they yet live.  Let them know you love them by the way you talk, act, give, and care. Show them kindness, gentleness, joy, and laughter with your presence. Let there be no regrets of what I could or should have done! One of these old days, we too will be that senior needing all of the love, understanding and compassion others can give.

Remember we are each others keeper and the only time we should be looking down on someone is when we are helping them up.