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If a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. 1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV)

When you care for other members of your own family, and especially for aging parents and grandparents, you are “repaying” what they have given to you and this is pleasing to God.

One of the most beautiful moments in all the suffering and passion of Jesus is when he looked down from the cross at Mary, his mother, and John, his disciple, standing beside her.

“When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home” (John 19:26-27). Even in his agony on the cross, our Lord was providing for his mother.

Caring for aging parents and grandparents isn’t easy, but if you are doing this, don’t forget that what you do brings joy to the heart of God.

God says, “Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am he who will sustain you” (Isa. 46:4). And when you care for an aging loved one, you reflect the heart and the promise of God.

Are you (or is someone you know) caring for an aging loved one? Drink in this encouragement and/or share it with someone you know.