“You will stand up in the presence of the aged,
you will show deference to the old
and you will fear your God.
I am Yahweh.” Leviticus 19:32
Once when I was sitting in the lobby of a nursing home waiting to meet with the director, I sat next to a resident who was in a wheelchair. Her name was Helen. The whole time I sat there, she kept repeating slight variants of this same point to me again and again between short pauses, “No one has time any more to sit for tea. Young people are just so busy these days. So busy.” It cut me to the heart. After I had my meeting, I walked back out into the lobby and she was still there. I went over to say goodbye to her, but this time she said, “Do you have time to have a tea with me?”
I felt terribly conflicted as I was hard pressed for time. What should I have done?
Go, and do likewise.