I recently visited All Saints nursing home that is run by Christians. It is significantly cleaner and more joyful than other homes that I been to previously. They aim to show God’s compassion and love to all the residents there. One of their key verses that motivates this place is Leviticus 19:32.
You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.
God commands the Jews to show respect for the elderly by standing up. We are to honour them and speak respectfully to them. The ones that we come into contact most frequently are our parents and relatives. We dishonour God when we argue, scold or curse our parents.
I know a youth in my Sunday School who habitually berates his mother in public for being clumsy or stupid. Sadly, the father doesn’t scold him and the abuse continues unchecked. I cringe each time I see this happen.
Paul reminds children to be obedient to their parents in Ephesian 6:2-3:
“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
There are many Mosiac Laws that punish people who curse their parents. This shows that God wants Christians to respect and take care of the elderly. They are weaker physically but much wiser than us. We can learn a lot from them.
Elderly residents in the nursing home are lonely and can become easily depressed. We can show our respect by visiting or spending time to chat. This pleases God too.