As we get older and less capable, there are a lot of things that we are no longer able to do, or do well. Our society is not particularly interested in helping the aged feel valued. But participating in the temple ordinances CAN be done by those who struggle physically and in other ways. As I looked at a recent session with two patrons in wheelchairs, two walkers (they're used a lot here) and three canes (out of about 15 people on the session) I thought about how loving Heavenly Father is to have 150 temples around the world where older and physically disabled people can come and not only be useful, but do some of the most important work that can be done on this earth. It is a place where they can be contributors, be productive, and still have purpose and focus in their lives.
We are so grateful for the example of so many who are truly enduring to the end - not just by "hanging on," but serving in such an important place, performing redeeming ordinances for those who cannot do it for themselves. Some come at great inconvenience and difficulty. Some are in excessive pain. Some are embarrassed at how they look or what they don't remember. Some are apologetic at the extra help and care they need. But they are here. And we are grateful that they are and hope we don't ever forget their examples. We love being part of this great work.
|More flowers from last week. These Peace Lilies are HUGE!|
|We're going to miss these unique streets!|