Advancing Years

A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. (Abraham J. Heschel, 20th century rabbi)

With newer medications and improved health care, people are living longer, so Heschel’s comment is appropriate. He continues: “It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.”

Those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age (Job 32:7). Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life (Proverbs 16:31).