As a young person growing up through the years we know and love numerous older relatives and friends. How you ever wondered how it feels to be older and living in certain circumstances?
You may question does this person stay lonely, have necessary daily provisions, or are o.k. and happy as far as possible in a particular situation.
Most of the time you will never know for sure...older citizens tend to be independent and only tell you what they are willing to share which helps them maintain some sense of dignity and freewill.
That person may assure you that everything is fine and nothing needed while in truth much is needed but truth is covered and that person goes lacking. There might not be enough food or there is much difficulity in keeping the bills paid. Loneliness, sadness, and hidden health facts are major problems not admitted.
Not all senior citizens have all these problems, but usually there is one or more hidden from you.
So the next time you receive a smile or firm handshake from an older citizen ask God to reveal to you how to read between the lines if there is a masked mistique...then act appropriately with Christian love. Help that person maintain respect and dignity, experience love and kindness, and get needs met.
Two people will be blessed, you and that person, and God will be pleased.
Don't forget, if you are young now, someday it will be your turn to be a senior citizen and may need to be on the receiving end due to unexpected and unprepared for circumstances. So be kind and considerate to everyone, especially those that are younger than you. It usually turns out to be one of them stepping up for God and used to help if you have a time of need at an older age.
God loves us all, young and old, and the two are complimentary. The Bible teaches, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."