Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Prayer for the Aged

For the Aged
Look with mercy, O God our Father,
on all whose increasing years bring them weakness, distress, or isolation.
Provide for them homes of dignity and peace;
give them understanding helpers,
and the willingness to accept help;
and, as their strength diminishes,
increase their faith and their assurance of your love.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Book of Common Prayer

I read this prayer today on The Daily Office.
What struck me were these words,
"and the willingness to accept help"
Why is that so difficult for us?


Linda said...

As we grow older we lose things...we lose our firm bodies, our hair color is lost to gray, muscles hurt, bones ache, and our eyes are weak and must be assisted with biofocals, so accepting helping is often viewed by the older set as losing their independence. Often, the elderly feel it is all they have left and accepting help often feels like losing the last thing they have.

Donna said...

Perhaps it is partly because when we have needed help we have been given mixed messages when all we really wanted was a hug and a prayer.