Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord. -Leviticus 19:32 (NIV)
REFLECT | For many people visiting nursing homes is not a pleasant thing to do. Caring for others and doing good deeds is not always easy. Over 1.5 million Americans live in these facilities today and visiting and praying for them are ways we can show our love for them. Jesus told us, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40).
PRAY | Lord, we are thankful for nursing homes and for those who dedicate their lives to care for our older friends. For those living in these homes, we ask for comfort and joy. May they feel your presence and know they are precious to you. May they be treated with dignity and respect. We also ask You to be with their families and caregivers who have a challenging job. Please give them strength when they become tired and help them to be sensitive to the needs of these wonderful loved ones.