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Honoring Our Senior Saints

…with the Senior Saints’ Valentine’s Day Banquet. It is only appropriate that we all honor our older brothers and sisters, and our young members are to commended for this gift of respect and appreciation. These people in our midst have incredible experience and wisdom to share with all of us. They are wonderful examples of people who have endured hardships, triumphed over problems, savored blessings and success, and offered examples of the faithful Christian walk. Here are some biblical reasons to honor our Senior Saints:

  • They are hard workers in the kingdom despite age and infirmity: They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green. (Psalm 92:14)
  • They are our parents and have sacrificed for us: Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you on the land which the Lord your God gives you. (Deuteronomy 5:16)
  • They are great Christian examples: But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine. Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance. Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. (Titus 2:1-4)
  • They are deserving of honor and respect: As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age. Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete. (Genesis 15:15)
  • They love us: Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic. (Genesis 37:3)
  • They are examples of dedication: And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. (Luke 2:36-38)
  • Their proven, steadfast faith in the Father gives them strength and spirit:
    Who redeems your life from the pit,
    Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
    Who satisfies your [a]years with good things,
    So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. (Psalm 103:4-6)

Say “Thank You!” to a senior saint this week.