Honor the Hoary Head on Memorial Day
With our Memorial Day Picnic coming up soon, my thoughts are on those who have come and gone. My friend Wesley Strackbein has written a powerful piece to help us remember the importance of honoring the hoary head.
God’s word commands us to “rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man” (Leviticus 19:22). The men and women of the Great Depression who yet remain with us are truly “the last almost of a race.” If we are to be faithful Christians, it is critical that we let the aged know that — though they may have lost most of their old comrades and their life-long sweethearts — we care greatly about their past and appreciate the battles they fought before we were born.
We must do more than abide their eccentricities and humor their story-telling. We must truly honor the white-haired elders among us by endeavoring to understand the unique challenges they endured. With loving regard, we must convey to them that the memories dear to their heart from decades ago are deeply precious to us. Though we did not drink of their experiences with them, we must let them know that we will mingle their memories and wise insights into our own cup of life.
And if their hearts fail for lack of hope, we must point them to Christ so that they can join the faithful “old timers” in glory — where all of the redeemed will, one day, sup together with God for eternity.