“Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” Exodus 20:12
I asked the pastor for help with a thatched roof for my outside kitchen.
He said, “I will take you to Papa the oldest man in the village. He’s blind but his work is perfect.”
We walked to a tiny gray-haired gentleman sitting on the ground with his legs stretched out before him. He had long strips of twine wound around his toes. Bending over, he pulled these cords taut from his feet as he stretched and braided them into a thick, heavy rope.
I greeted the man, who looked about a hundred years old. Cataracts covered his eyes. Could years of braiding with his fingers and toes have kept him so agile? I purchased his rope, and we hiked to another home where I bought long thick grasses from an elderly woman. She handed them to an equally old lady who took my rope, sat down and began weaving the bunches of grasses together with the twine.
I returned a week later. Two aged ladies sat on the ground shelling peanuts.
“Where is everyone?” I looked around me.
“At the farm.”
One of the old ladies stood and took me to my new thatched roofing. They had rolled the woven grasses together and wound it into a giant spool. The thatching was ready to be unrolled on top of the rafters to make the covering.
Each person, no matter his age or disability worked in the village. It contributed to the welfare of the family and community. Tasks like husking ears of corn, removing the kernels by hand, shelling beans and peanuts, weaving cloth or thatch, cooking and watching the little children, were carried out by the “seniors.” These necessary roles honored the elderly and maintained their distinct positions of esteem in the society.
We were created to love the Lord and those around us. Part of loving is serving. As long as we are serving the Lord and others we are fulfilled and satisfied. Working towards this goal keeps us active and healthy for as long as possible.
Honor your parents that you may have a long life on earth. Respecting what they do and contribute to others esteems them.
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