They have so much to offer

Recently, I’ve had several of the dear senior saints of our church on my mind and heart as well as in my prayers. Those moments brought to mind some humorous anecdotes I received over the years. Here are a few of them:

She didn’t know if her granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so she decided to test her. She would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell her and was always correct. It was fun for the grandmother, so she continued. At last the girl headed for the door saying, “Granny, I think you should try to figure out some of these yourself!”

A second-grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, “Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today.” The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. “That’s interesting,” she said. “How do you make babies?”

“It’s simple,” replied the girl. “You just change ‘y’ to ‘i’ and add ‘es.'”

She was in the bathroom putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she’d done many times before. After she had applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, “But Grandma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!”

His grandson was visiting one day when he asked, “Grandpa, do you know how you and God are alike?” He mentally polished his halo and said, “No, how are we alike?” “You’re both old,” he replied.

A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like: “We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.” The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner!”

The last story really got me thinking about Paul’s reflection in II Corinthians 4:6-7…

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

We have these wonderful “treasures in jars of clay” around us every day. We shouldn’t let them slip into eternity without spending time with them and valuing what God has shown them and demonstrated through them. They have so much to offer. Let’s offer them the respect and encouragement they so richly deserve.

(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)