“And even to your old age I am He; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you” (Isaiah 46:4).
To show kindness to people, especially the elderly is one of our greatest advantages. The Bible says: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).
A man wrote: “I have read these lines on the wall of a senior housing facility written by one of the residents:
*Blessed is he who understands that our hands tremble and our feet are shaky.
*Blessed is he who knows how we strain our ears so that we can hear you.
*Blessed is he who always remembers that our eyesight has worsened and our speech has slowed.
*Blessed is he who doesn’t notice spilt coffee on the table.
*Blessed is he who stops and with a kind smile chats with us.
*Blessed is he who doesn’t say: “You have told me this before”.
*Blessed is he who helps us to recall the past.
*Blessed is he who lets us feel that we, too, are loved, respected and not forgotten.
For an elderly person a heartfelt “good morning!” a loving “good night”, a word of sympathy or comfort, encouragement or advice, a cup of warm water, a smile, and a friendly handshake – is help and kindness!