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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Reaching the Unsaved Aged

By Ken Horn
May 25, 2014

There lies within each soul a germ of guilt for past sins. Sometimes these are rationalized, sometimes submerged under lesser guilts that are easier to bear. The march of advancing years, as we near that ultimate meeting with our Creator and Judge, has a way of crystalizing those guilts, mining them from the walls of our hearts and sending them as spiritual ore to the surface.

We cannot deal with our guilt. If we hide or deny guilt, it grows within us like a malignancy, until its very weight demands our attention.

You are guilty, it says, whispered at first through the years of youth and strength, but always rising gradually in volume until the day it shouts so loudly it cannot be denied.

Many deal with their guilt early in their lives, laying it at the foot of the Cross. But as many near their final journey, their guilt lies unresolved, festering within their souls. They are keenly aware that eternity yawns before them. And they are often ripe for the offer of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Do we minister in a meaningful way to the elderly? We may have services in rest homes, and pay them a bit of attention, but we need to do more. There are lost souls trapped in withering shells, teetering on the precipice of eternity without Christ. But no one offers clearly the hope of grace and forgiveness in their last years or days, though they would eagerly respond.

Church growth strategies can focus mostly on the young. But the value of souls demands our attention to all. Too often we have ignored the silent cries of these most vulnerable and needy souls. They will be gone soon, we think, so we turn our efforts elsewhere.

Those who minister to the elderly are not marking time or wasting it. They are meeting people at the last critical juncture of their lives. Those who do this — and take it seriously — hold souls by the ankles. And, with God’s help, they drag them to safety ... free of the weight of sin and guilt.

Our ministry to the unsaved elderly must not be superficial. They are in a desperate spiritual predicament. We must not forget them.

Ken Horn

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