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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Zechariah 8:1-5   Thought/Prayer:  Staff in Hand.  Topics:  2 at end.

Week #50A   Thursday Staff in Hand   07-29-2010 Zechariah 8:1-5 “Again the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.  Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age.  And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.”  KJV http://www.bible.com  (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)
How can we tell that the old men and women in this passage are really old?  They walk with staffs!  They are of an age that they require some extra stability in walking.  So they carry a staff with them for added stability when traversing the streets and homes of Jerusalem. 

We know that God measures the peace of a city by the children playing in the streets and the older citizens in residence.  But he goes farther to mention that the older folks are walking with the assistance of a walking stick.  This just verifies the attitude that God has about older people; he loves them and wants them to be able to walk about despite their age, even if it takes a little extra help for a firm step. 

Why is it, then, that we sometimes have a very difficult time accepting the slower gait and slower mental skills of the elderly?  Sometimes we just wish they would “move a little faster”!  Well, we know that it’s just not easy to see someone who used to be so alert and “on top” of everything become hesitant, feebler, and such that everything we say has to be repeated once,  twice. . . thrice.  They just seem to be so frustrating!

But God should bring us up short here.  Just from this one verse, we see his veneration for the elderly.  If one walks with a staff, one must be walking more slowly than in youth; but God still mentions them as an indicator of the state of a city.

Lord, help us to have Your patience when it comes to the elders among us.  Please, we pray that we may see You in them, because they are your own creation.  Help us to stand for them just as much as we stand for babies who are threatened with life-ending procedures even before they are born.  They never have a chance to walk about any city with the staff of old age. 

Topics:  Pray for understanding and honor for older people all around us.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 07/29 at 08:47 PM
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