Aging and ending are oft avoided stories
The pain, the loss of independence
The fear of future always present
Confrontive nature replacing meek and calm.
Onlookers see, but do not really know that
Beloved child tries to help, is rebuffed
Offers of aid not given off the cuff
Great love enters thought with every assist.
Mornings awaken with great possibility
Fresh air, birds’ calls, gentle breezes blow
Deep breaths, twinkling eyes, promises sow
Before talking between family members.
First word, bite or balm, the silence broken
Confused thought, intention mixed, gasping
Spoken word a dart, wound fresh, hurt lasts
Then silence comes as confusion takes its place.
Time slips on, sun downhills, bright eyes dim
Sluggish and tired, weight of years, head sags
Feet plod forward, shoulders droop, heart lags
Though body weary, mind asks where went the day.
Time shifts forward, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Crisp was the day, how children did play
Mem’ries so vivid, leaves, blossoms, gone gray
Sadness conflicts with gaiety of life’s Spring.
Puzzled, broken, aging, life’s tokens of time
Questions in eyes beam as tears glisten
Unasked thoughts, fears, endless wondering
Until last night’s breath and thought gently caress.
The soft touch, the caress of time’s gentle kiss
Leaves faint shadows of life’s mem’ries made
Echo they down fam’ly’s hist’ry laid
As quilt pieces of lives lived out and replayed.
Lives go on in the memories of those who survive. At times, faint whispers and others laughter, but echo, they do. Those memories show love for the one so dear. They show respect for that one though confused, worn, dimmed, and aged. We must make sure love and respect flow toward this one so dear while he, she, is with us within heart’s beat within breath’s whisper he can hear. Whether in youth’s gaiety or life’s sun-downhilling days, love that one before his, her, sunset draws near.
“Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children.” (Proverbs 17:6 [NLT])
“Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19:32 [NLT])
“Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old.” (Proverbs 23:22 [NLT])
“Therefore, we do not lose heart,; but indeed if our outward man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16 [NASB])