A month or so ago in Church, we recognized and honored all couples who had been married at least 50 years. It was a very moving sight to me. We had many couples stand up to be recognized. And then more stood up who had been married 55-60 years. And then, those over 60 years married stood up! One couple I speak to almost every Sunday, stood up and had been married 67 years! I had no idea! I was really amazed and touched by the sight of all of these couples standing together. My daughter said to me, “That’s longer than you have been alive!” Having just turned 60, I haven’t heard that before!
Many thoughts went through my mind. These couples were mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, grandmothers and grandfathers. They had been alive to see many changes in our country and in our society. They were part of what had made our society today! Some were artists, some were businessmen. They had lived and worked and contributed. All were active in their communities and in their Church in some way or other. Many spend time each week volunteering to pray for our Church and for our families and our country. They all touched many lives in their lifetimes and had a part in forming what we enjoy today. It boggled my mind to think of it.
Society sometimes discounts our elderly as out of touch, inconvenient and old fashioned. We need to remember, they have learned and experienced much and still have a voice that can teach all of us how to live. They should be cherished. They are our national treasure.