As a kid, our noon hour meal was always accompanied by the talk of death. Like clockwork, as we began to eat, my Dad would turn on the Wingham radio station to hear the list of obituaries. We had to eat quietly to hear every word. Finally, the radio was turned off and the discussion would begin about who died and how we might be related to them.
I hate to admit it, but as I get older, I find myself looking at the local funeral home website to read the list of obituaries. Sometimes, I am filled with regret that someone died, and I hadn’t taken the time to call or visit them.
The book of Leviticus can be rather daunting to read. But what we can learn from it is that spiritual growth is gained through our daily actions with one another. God wants to be there in everything we do. Showing respect for our elders is one way we can do this. The elders of our church have wisdom and experience in daily living that can benefit us all. We can learn by spending time getting to know them while we have a chance.
Lord, help us on our daily journey to love and respect the people in our lives. Amen. — JR