Isn't it amazing how life's seasons change? It seems like just yesterday when my sister and I were little girls posing with our Mickey ears in front of Cinderella's castle.
This week Hannah, Rebekah and I have the immense pleasure of traveling with my dad to relive some of those fond memories.
Even as we sat on the plane, bought our Disney passes and hit the Goofy parking lot, I know what my dad was thinking. He wished that his beloved Sandra could be in our traveling crew.
It is hard when life changes. But in each precious decade of our family's journey, we find beauty and hope and joy.
She has made such a graceful adjustment to her new health limitations. I am so proud of her.
Yet even when she knew she was not up to a trip, she wanted my dad to have a chance to travel. That is evidence of real love.
So here we are. Father and daughter sometimes easily and sometimes clumsily forging a working relationship that will allow us both to enjoy these precious years.
Today in a world that devalues life and shuns weakness, we each have the opportunity to decide what we are going to do with caring for our aging parents. The New Testament gives us a clue as it reminds us of the commandment with a promise.
Honor your mother and father...that it may go well with you and you may live long upon the earth. Ephesians 6:2-3
I don't see an age limit to that command. Do you? So even as the years roll by and we see with greater clarity our own parents' strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures, I encourage you to make room in your heart for a spirit of honor.
Sometimes I hear of the most difficult family stories where a parent was not honorable to a child and the family is left struggling with brokenness. (Such was not the case in my home, so I do not know this pain.)
But no matter what your story, God has a way for you to resolve devastating problems through the power of the blood of Jesus Christ.....even if some relationships are no longer safe to be reconciled. Look for His answers. Seek out His grace and mercy. Do all that the Lord directs.
Here is a powerful resource that I believe can help: The Tribute and the Promise : How Honoring Your Parents Will Bring a Blessing to Your Life
So right now I am celebrating the joy of caring for the ones who took care of me. And, hey, when it involves a trip to Florida, it is pretty easy to smile!
I am praying today for you and your family relationships with your seniors.