Friday, September 14, 2018

So Many of the Elderly Need Us

     I’m writing here, not as a preacher, but as a man of some years.  That’s just another way of saying “an old man” by the way.  I recently found myself greatly saddened by the death of Burt Reynolds.  I don’t know why I was as saddened as I was as I have seen many pass in my time.  Greats such as the renowned evangelist, Billy Graham, one of my favorite comedians, Harry Anderson, one of my favorite singers, Aretha Franklin, and many more and that’s just in the past year.  In addition, let us not forget family.  I am one of the elders in my family now as most of those who came before me have gone before me as well.  The only thing I can figure is the death of Burt came at a time when I was in an introspective frame of mind.  Getting older seems to be defined in part by how many people you know and know of who leave this world.
     What I was pondering when I heard of Burt’s death was simply the state of the world and oh my goodness what a state it is in.  I won’t beleaguer the point as all one has to do is watch any news station for about 15 minutes.  It’s not limited to present days, however, as a look back in recent as well as ancient history shows us many equal and even much worse times of turmoil.  Most people don’t seem to understand the relationship between turmoil and the human race.  I had an elderly uncle tell me once that he believed God in his wisdom limited our life spans for a reason.  He said our minds are not equipped to be able to handle but so much change in our surroundings.  I wonder now if he had a point since I have heard so many people my age and older state very plainly their readiness to leave this world.  It breaks my heart to hear someone say this.  It’s as if the weight of what they have been through has resulted in their forgetting what a wonderful gift God has given them. 
     Maybe what I have said here will give you a little more insight into the workings of an aging mind.  There are so many of the elderly that have no one in their lives with whom to simply sit and talk.   I implore everyone reading this to consider the joy they could bring to an elderly person’s life by simply being available.  Open your minds and you may also discover a wealth of knowledge they are more than willing to share.  If you give a little of yourself and in doing so bring forth a smile, is that not truly an example of “love one another”.