Words from the Heart for Sunday June 19th, 2016
By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
Hebrews 11:21 (NKJV)
Worshipping When Aged
What kind of life and legacy do you want to leave behind? On this Father’s Day, thank God for fathers who have left a good legacy behind and honour your Heavenly Father by being a person who worships the Lord.
The Canadian population is aging. In 2011, the median age in Canada was 39.9 years, meaning that half of the population was older than that and half was younger. In 1971, the median age was 26.2 years. Seniors make up the fastest-growing age group. This trend is expected to continue for the next several decades due mainly to what is knows as a below replacement fertility rate – average number of children per woman, an increase in life expectancy, and the aging of the baby boom generation. In 2011, an estimated 5.0 million Canadians were 65 years of age or older, a number that is expected to double in the next 25 years to reach 10.4 million seniors by 2036. By 2051, about one in four Canadians is expected to be 65 or over. We are an aging nation.
The Bible speaks about older people. Moses was 80 when he began to lead the people of Israel and was 120 years old when he died. John the Apostle died an old man. And nobody has lived longer than Methuselah, who died at the young age of 969 years old. Living into old age is a gift from the Lord, and the Bible honours the aged. So should we. And we should learn some things from the older people in the Bible. One of the most important lessons is found in Hebrews 11:21: “By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.” This is a beautiful picture of the patriarch Jacob, who stands and blesses each of Joseph’s sons and then worships the Lord, while leaning on his staff. It is not always easy for older people to stay standing for long, unless they have some help. In our day, it would be a cane or a walker. But what didn’t change for Jacob, and must not change for us, is the ongoing call to worshippers. Ultimately the whole redemption story is about God creating a people who are worshippers. As redeemed people of God, we are called to lift up the name of Jesus and proclaim His worth – that is the heart of worship. Young or old, we are called to proclaim the goodness of God in the midst of the congregation. May you find time today to do so.
These have been words from the heart.