“Please don’t forget me,” said Grandma, “you haven’t been by here to see me lately. Where have you been?”
“I’ve been busy, Grandma. I’m sorry. The kids have practice three nights a week and homework every day. I do think about you every day, I love you.”
These are the words that grandparents hear every day, not only from their grandkids, but from their kids as well. They long to have fellowship with their family, but society has made us all so busy that our elderly are perishing in nursing homes and hospice houses.
We work all of our lives awaiting the so-called “golden years” just to be sadly disappointed that they aren’t so pretty and golden after all.
This could be a prayer of anyone, but imagine someone you have loved praying this when they were aging:
For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,
my confidence since my youth.
From birth I have relied on you;
you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
I will ever praise you.
I have become a sign to many;
you are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with your praise,
declaring your splendor all day long.
Do not cast me away when I am old;
do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
For my enemies speak against me;
those who wait to kill me conspire together. . .
Do not be far from me, my God;
come quickly, God, to help me.
May my accusers perish in shame;
may those who want to harm me
be covered with scorn and disgrace.
As for me, I will always have hope;
I will praise you more and more.
My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds,
of your saving acts all day long—
though I know not how to relate them all.
I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord;
I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
Even when I am old and gray,
do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
your mighty acts to all who are to come.
Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens,
you who have done great things.
Who is like you, God?
Though you have made me see troubles,
many and bitter,
you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
you will again bring me up.
You will increase my honor
and comfort me once more.
I will praise you with the harp
for your faithfulness, my God;
I will sing praise to you with the lyre,
Holy One of Israel.
My lips will shout for joy
when I sing praise to you—
I whom you have delivered.
My tongue will tell of your righteous acts
all day long,
for those who wanted to harm me
have been put to shame and confusion.”
In Jesus’s name,
Don’t you believe that this could be the prayer of many? We ask God to be with us, to remember and not forget us. We ask God to rescue us and help us. Then we praise Him when He does and want to share what He has done in our lives.
Our senior citizens are perishing and we are too busy to do much more than utter a prayer for them or visit them when it’s convenient for us.
What can we do to change that? To help those who are in need?
Ask God Today Ministries has decided to make a difference in as many seniors’ lives as possible. We will be collecting items that elderly persons may need in “Senior Bags of Love,” which we will be distributing in the inner city of Spartanburg County in December to selected number of people in need, and we could use your help.
Here’s what we’re looking for to get started:
Shoes of all sizes
You can mail items to:
C/O ASK GOD TODAY MINISTRIES
P.O. Box 161625,
Boiling Springs, SC 29316
Psalm 71:18: “Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.”
Thank you for helping us reach out to seniors in need!
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section.