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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Gen. 44:19, 20 Thought/Prayer:In Tandem: Infants to Elderly.Topics:2 @ end.
“Thou didst ask thy servants the first time: Have you a father or a brother? And we answered thee, my lord: We have a father an old man, and a young boy, that was born in his old age; whose brother by the mother is dead: and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him tenderly.” DRA http://www.bible.com (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)
Joseph’s brother Judah is explaining once again to Joseph who had gained a high place in Pharoah’s court, about the situation in his father Jacob’s family, about the members of his family. Judah mentions that Jacob is an old man and that he misses his son Joseph who is the dead “brother by the mother” of Benjamin. Joseph’s mother Rachel died in childbirth with Benjamin. And to Jacob, Joseph is also deemed dead because of the lies all the 10 brothers told Jacob about the disappearance of Joseph. (They sold Joseph as a slave.)
Here we have the contrast of old and young of age. Benjamin was born in Jacob’s old age. Jacob loves him most of all the sons as the only remaining son of Rachel, the wife he loved so much.
Nearby our home a senior retirement center is being built, and right in front of it, a preschool is going up. What an interesting combination. Those who are just beginning life’s journey will be going to school (starting from infanthood) right next door to those who are nearing the end of life’s journey.
I don’t know if this was a definite plan between the builders of the nursing home and the builders of the preschool; but it is a great idea. Can’t we think of many ways in which the older generation may interact with the new generation? Can’t we think of parties, of visits, of pictures-drawn and taken to in-kind “grandmas” or “grandpas”? Won’t those little people enjoy being made over by those so much older who are also enjoying the opportunity to “make over” all the little folks?
I know of an older lady a few years back who moved into a retirement center with all older people. She got out of there fairly quickly. She wasn’t ready to just sit with others her age; she wanted some young ones about the place. And she ended up in a regular apartment building with folks of many ages. Still there.
This arrangement for the school and the senior home made me think of Jacob and Benjamin. And that made me think of how God uses all of us, of all ages, on planet Earth. Jacob fathered the 12 tribes of Israel. Benjamin (who would head up the Benjamin tribe) was his heart’s joy at the end of life.
May we remember this great combination when we think of pro-life issues. How great it can be when schools, or homes, or families, combine the young with the old. It’s a great balance. Our God who balances all of life (and LIFE) made it that way.
Topics: Ask the Lord to help us be aware of the synergy of youth and age in life. Ask Him to help us promote the value of both.
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