Nothing Left To Prove

Clergy Guy has a great post on his time spent visiting the elderly.  Read the whole thing.  Here’s just his moral, but there’s a lot of fun getting here:

Often someone will grab my hand and speak urgently of what they used to do. “I was a policeman for 35 years.” “I owned a ranch.” “I have five children.” They want me to know that they were once somebody significant.

When I walk into a stuffy smelly room to visit an old man in his bed and I see WWII medals on the wall behind him, I realize that older folks have nothing more to prove. They are heroes who refuse to go away.

Could I ask you a favor? If you’re like me, you don’t like going to the nursing home. Please go anyway. You will make someone’s day just by entering the building. You could find a blessing, too, if you look deeply enough to really see the people.

Your Thoughts?

  • Dave Smith

    Great post.

    Loved “Just let me wander out into the winter wilderness to experience its final embrace.”

    Not that her father wanted to actually die in the snow, but it reminded me of the story behind Laura Marling’s Goodbye England.

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