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Monday, October 29, 2012
Dementia and Being Old
Moses Was An Old Dude
Oct 29, 2012
Did you know Moses was 80 when God called him to talk to Pharoah about freeing the Israelites? Moses was an old dude, for sure. Then God decided to give Moses a break, and He arranged for Aaron to come along and help Moses. Guess what? Aaron was 83! Now I’m not so sure I would consider an 83 year old man to be much of a helper, but we all know God has a sense of humor.
Our pastor used this passage of scripture in Exodus as the text for his sermon this week. Being someone who works with senior citizens every day, and someone who writes about senior citizens in both blog and book format, this little tidbit of information on Moses and Aaron caught my attention.
I think it is one of the ways God reminds us to recognize the benefit senior citizens have in our lives. We are often quick to disregard their stories or ideas. We seem to forget they have knowledge beyond anything we have experienced. We ignore their education, both formal and informal.
God decided to call on the wisdom Moses had gained in his 80 years on Earth, and He enhanced that wisdom with Aaron and his talents garnered through 83 years of being alive. If God looks this way on the senior citizens, shouldn’t we? Hope that gives you Something To Ponder.