Years ago when I was a new Christian, and Zion member, I was fortunate to have many “old friends” who were so inspiring to me! I often found them serving others in all ways – at church by greeting, serving delicious homemade food, serving on the council and in the choir, giving temple talks, tithing and speaking openly about it. They served the community by packaging food, delivering Meals on Wheels, through Harvest of Hands, reading with students at school, and encouraging friends who had lost loved ones.
They were everywhere!
God’s love was demonstrated by a constant example of thoughtfulness, kind words, and deeds.
Several seniors were part of my Stephen Ministers group where their stories shaped and inspired my faith. Some had lived hard lives and turned to faith for salvation. I will never forget them and what they taught me, often in quiet, humble voices. They shaped my belief and helped me share it with others. As they aged, they were not as able to serve in those ways, but their presence alone inspired me. They would worship faithfully every Sunday possible, walk carefully to the altar, slowly take communion on aching bended knees, or simply with bowed heads and hearts, and accept grace patiently with complete faith. They would answer my faith questions patiently as well, complete with memorized scripture quotations. Even in dying they were examples of faith by accepting it gracefully with prayer, and with confidence in soon joining the Savior.
As I now contemplate my senior years, I realize that simply the presence of senior church members is so important, even if they have lost body functions or words. They still give a testimony of faith just by being near, sharing their wisdom by thought, word, and deed, past or present.
I hope you know how you inspire me!