Affectionate Honor
Leviticus 20:32 (NLT) “Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the Lord.”
A hyper two-year-old toddler was playing with her dad in the park when she suddenly stopped in her tracks to watch an eighty-year-old man shuffle down the sidewalk and take a seat on a bench. As if in a trance, the little tyke made her way toward the old man. With hesitancy, the father watched to see what would transpire. The child got to the bench, climbed up on it, and stood closely beside the man. With her little hand, she began to trace the wrinkles on the man’s face. Not a word passed between the two. When the father approached to apologize and remove his daughter, the old man gestured for him to leave the toddler be. The child finished tracing the man’s face, paused to look him straight in his eyes, and then she climbed over and sat on his lap. After one last gaze up at the old man’s face, the toddler placed her head on his chest and drifted off to sleep. The old man – whose face was now beaming – looked up from the child and said to her father, “Thank you for letting your little one honor me with such pure and heavenly affection.” Matthew 18:5 (NLT) “And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming Me.”