4 When the days of mourning had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh’s court, “If I have found favor in your eyes, speak to Pharaoh for me. Tell him, 5 ‘My father made me swear an oath and said, “I am about to die; bury me in the tomb I dug for myself in the land of Canaan.” Now let me go up and bury my father; then I will return.'”
6 Pharaoh said, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear to do.”
7 So Joseph went up to bury his father. All Pharaoh’s officials accompanied him—the dignitaries of his court and all the dignitaries of Egypt— 8 besides all the members of Joseph’s household and his brothers and those belonging to his father’s household. Only their children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen. 9 Chariots and horsemen also went up with him. It was a very large company. Genesis 40:4-9
This seemed to be a funeral fit for a king! The Egyptians treated him like royalty even though he wasn’t. Their respect for the dead, and more pointedly, the father of someone in their court, was noteworthy.
As noted yesterday, the elderly in this country are being disrespected more and more. How can we help them more? How can we as a church respect our elderly more?
Rather than waiting for a formal program that may or may not get started by someone who doesn’t have your compassion for this issue, we can begin to make a difference ourselves.
- Visit a nursing home.
- Call an elderly relative.
- Check in on an elderly neighbor.
- Offer to give them rides to the store
- Offer to do some chores around their house.
- Ask them if you can pray for them.
If you thought about it a little, you could come up with 100 of your own activities.
There’s no use lamenting what’s not being done. Rather rejoice in your ability to do the things you can do.
Is it much? Not really, but it’s an important step in honoring those who have gone before us.