Saturday, March 26, 2011


I hardly ever read “Dear Annie”, an advice column, but today this just happened to catch my eye. My husband and I have a ministry to a couple of assisted livings and an elderly apartment building. There are many lonely people who live there. There are also many who have very loving and caring families who spend lots of time with them.

If this little essay “touches” you in anyway, call, visit or send a card to a senior citizen. You will bring a RAY of beaming sunshine into their life.

It Was Grandfather's Birthday
by Rudy Joe Mano

It was Grandfather's birthday. He was 79. He got up early, shaved, showered, combed his hair and put on his Sunday best so he would look nice when they came.

He skipped his daily walk to the town cafe where he had coffee with his cronies. He wanted to be home when they came.

He put his porch chair on the sidewalk so he could get a better view of the street when they drove up to help celebrate his birthday.

At noon, he got tired but decided to forgo his nap so he could be there when they came.

Most of the rest of the afternoon he spent near the telephone so he could answer it when they called.

He has five married children, 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. One son and a daughter live within 10 miles of his place. They hadn't visited him for a long time.

But today was his birthday and they were sure to come.

At suppertime, he left the cake untouched so they could cut it and have dessert with him. After supper, he sat on the porch waiting.

At 8:30, he went to his room to prepare for bed. Before retiring, he left a note on the door that read:

"Be sure to wake me when you come."

It was Grandfather's Birthday. He was 79.

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Colossians 3:12

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1Corinthians 10:31

Have a blessed day,

1 comment:

  1. That is so beautiful! It is so true. So many folks don't have family or friends to come visit them. Giving joy to others brings joy back to you. A VERY good reminder!