Honor your parents — they will need you

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Your parents may need a helping hand as they grow older.

As you know, this week has been a rough one for Oma and Opa. They were in a bad car accident that totaled their car and left both of them injured.

Your Uncle Perry and Cousin Cooper went to the hospital and drove them home. I met all of them at home to try and get mom and dad settled in.

We have been doing our best to make sure they are cared for while they heal. It is a long road ahead, but I am really glad we are able to help my parents.

What does the Bible say?

The Bible teaches us that we are supposed to honor our parents.

Some days I am not exactly sure what that means.

This past week, the answer was clear to me. Honoring my parents meant helping them out in their time of need.

At other times, I try to honor my parents by spending time with them. We do not do much other than talk about life. They really enjoy hearing about how each of you is doing, and how things are going.

Nowadays, I live near them (only a few miles away), so it is not too difficult to visit them once a week. It is time well spent.

Years ago I was wrong and knew it

For many years I did not do a great job staying connected with my parents.

I was always too busy to spend time with them. It is like the lyrics to the classic song Cats and Cradle by Harry Chapin. I was that son.

I’ve long since retired and my son’s moved away
I called him up just the other day
I said, I’d like to see you if you don’t mind
He said, I’d love to, dad, if I could find the time
You see, my new job’s a hassle, and the kid’s got the flu
But it’s sure nice talking to you, dad
It’s been sure nice talking to you
And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me
He’d grown up just like me
My boy was just like me

As a result, I grew distant from my parents. I am really glad that I saw the error of my ways, and decided to make a change.

It would have been an awful shame, and I would have missed out on a lot of great conversations. As you get older, I hope that we get the opportunity to spend time together. I am looking forward to it, even if you are not.

Exodus 20:12 — “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.


I write a blog for my sons called Doug Keating Letter to Sons. I am sharing content from my blog here. I hope you enjoyed it. All feedback is welcome. Thanks for reading it.

Originally published at www.lettertosons.com on May 8, 2017.

Leader and learner. Father of two young men. Novice blogger, www.lettertosons.com, Founder of All The Way Leadership! http://www.allthewayleadership.com/

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