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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Jesus Values Seniors

“So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them” (Mark 1:31).

The senior population is booming in the United States. According to a prediction quoted in Senior Journal, by mid-century, people age 65 and older will account for about 15 percent of the world’s population.
Clearly, adults are living longer, but are our senior citizens respected and allowed to contribute their wisdom and skills to society? Do corporations and even churches accept seniors as they should and let them work and serve as long as they can? These are questions for Human Resource managers and pastors, but Jesus left no doubt that He valued seniors. Trace His steps through the Gospels and see how He ministered to older people.
For example, upon entering the home of Simon and Andrew, Jesus learned Simon’s mother-in-law was gravely ill and confined to bed. He showed He cared about her by taking her by the hand and lifting her up. Immediately, the fever that had racked her body left her.
Without a moment’s hesitation, Simon’s mother-in-law rolled out the hospitality mat and “began to wait” on Jesus and His disciples (Mark 1:31).
Consider what Jesus has done for you, and serve Him today. No one is too young or too old to do so.

—From The Anchor, "Jesus Cares," written by Jim Dyet and published by Haven Ministries. Used by permission. copyright 2007.

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