Whenever our family enjoys a fellowship meal with the members of our congregation after worship services, we always make sure our children understand that we will let all of the elderly members go first. We do this because of these two scriptures:
Leviticus 19:32Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.
Proverbs 16:31The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
“Hoary” in these two verses means gray. So, we point out that this means old people with gray hair deserve our respect, especially if they have lived a life of righteousness. Sometimes, we tell them, old people color their hair, so they must look for other signs; wrinkles, grandchildren, walks with a cane, etc.
We have lots of hoary heads in our congregation and that means one thing at a fellowship meal: deviled eggs! We love deviled eggs, but by the time we get to go through the line, they are usually all gone.
Just the other day, my husband was saying he thought he was finally going to get one deviled egg at the fellowship meal, but, alas, when he got to the food, all the deviled eggs were gone.
He went out of town on business shortly after this disappointment, and when he got back I had these waiting for him: