July 14 . The old ladies continued their sharing.  “What makes you most tired?”  Pat asked.   “Is it the grandchildren, or the children and their hassles?”  “No, not really. For me just being old makes me tired.  My bones ache, my eyes run, I’m shaky on my feet, and I’m considered normal!  I see many older people in frail care situations, quite honestly, just waiting to die.  But I like to share where I can, how much a relationship with Jesus can give one peace. Sharing with him our pains, physical and mental, does ‘give me rest.’” Scripture:   Jesus declared, “Come to me all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  From Matt 11:28-30.   Pope Francis: We are constantly reminded that each of those who live with us merits our complete attention, since he or she possesses infinite dignity as an object of the Father’s immense love. This gives rise to a tenderness which can stir in the other the joy of being loved.  AL 323. A long life – so the Bible teaches – is a blessing and the elderly are not outcasts to be shunned but living sings of the goodness of God who bestows life in abundance. Blessed is the house where an older person lives! Blessed is the family that honours the elderly! Message 2nd Day of grandparents and the elderly.