I saw this picture and text on FB last week – from Virgin Radio Lebanon.
Many words to read but I fear a summary would not do this powerful and touching message justice.
My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.
When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl?
When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way … remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day… the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.
If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.
And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t feel sad… just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you … my darling daughter.
These words moved me deeply. The cycle of life brings us to this place. We take care of others . . . and eventually, others take care of us.
Generally speaking, our culture is not patient toward and respectful of the older generation. We never hear the words, “Shove over — our culture caters to the younger generation” but the message is caught, not taught.
The outer self continues to waste away (2 Corinthians 4.16) but the inner self becomes wiser. Older people have so much to share about life. Despite the crazy speed of technology in this world, some things just don’t change — integrity, love, core needs and respect.
Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters . . . and relationships matter.
The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that theLord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. Psalm 92.12-15 ESV