As Fall is upon us and as Thanksgiving arrives, we take pause to notice the change of season and the life cycle of creation while we consider all the blessings we have been granted throughout our years. One such blessing we should all be thankful for is the gift of those who have journeyed many years beyond us. The gift of our elderly parents, sisters and brothers, relatives, friends and neighbors. They are for us a precious legacy of wisdom, knowledge and understanding. They represent for us the fullness of life we hope to attain as we ourselves continue to advance in years.
They have seen it all and have lived through all that life brought their way. They have endured the trials in ways we may never understand and they have celebrated the joys of life with a love that is often beyond our grasp.
Aging may have certainly taken its’ toll on their bodies, but for many, aging has only further enlightened their minds and unleashed their spirits. They often now see the “big picture” in life and are not burdened by the meaningless details of what really doesn’t matter. We need to tap into this wisdom of mind and spirit and allow it to spill into our lives each day.
This Thanksgiving and throughout the upcoming Advent and Christmas seasons, let’s all make it our aim to take the time to share ourselves with an elderly family member, neighbor or friend and allow them the time to share themselves with us. To share their story. To share their spirit. To share their abundance of love. It is through this sharing that we show our gratitude to God for them.
Let’s put our Thanksgiving into action by spending time with someone much older than us and be open to listen to their story of life. Let’s allow our Advent of anticipation to come alive as we find hope for the world through their spirits and their wisdom. And let’s then celebrate a most joyous Christmas by giving of ourselves to them in ways that not only help them through the physical challenges of aging, but also brings the joy of the birth of our Redeemer into their lives by this new found friendship and love.
May God bless you and your families as you celebrate this most happy and joy-filled time of year. And remember, if your elderly loved one needs help to navigate the often confusing maze of healthcare supportive services, we at VITALity are here to help. Call us anytime at 888-26- VITALity.