And I will still be carrying you when you are old. Your hair will turn gray and I will still carry you. Isaiah 46:4 ERV
During my sabbatical, in addition to caring for my grandchild, attending Spanish classes and keeping the house clean, I was able to participate in a passion of mine in ministry to older adults.
In my church’s neighborhood, there is a group of older adults who live at or just above the poverty line. They are typically living alone, their children hardly visit, and they are lonely.
During my sabbatical and even now, I meet with them regularly. Being an introvert, I can give them what they most crave – someone who listens. It is a skill I get to use to the glory of God.
They have responded by coming to our church once a month to be fed physically, mentally and spiritually. In addition to listening to them and being with them, I also cook for them. You see, cooking is another one of my passions.
I have great joy in working out God’s call on my life. To be able to partner with God in shepherding these older adults through their later years is immensely rewarding to my soul. It is my way of answering Jesus’ command to his disciples in Mark 6:37, “You give them something to eat.”
For whatever reason, God has chosen to include us in His work caring when we care for the marginalized, including the elderly. As God’s partner, we must take seriously the many institutional changes going on in the country today that may leave the elderly behind in poverty and at risk.
I do what I can in my life to carry out the gospel message, but I cannot forget that society must never leave behind those whom Jesus came to save even the one amongst the many.
Dear God, you are the Great One, the Almighty One. Lord, we come before you now asking for our part to play in Your ministries in this world. Whether it is as an individual or as a society, help us to come together to do Your will and show Your love here on earth. Help us to remember the lonely and the powerless. We ask for clarity from, and for, our representatives in the halls of government. Help all of us to choose wisely and not selfishly. Amen.