Supporting seniors—'Duty of action' required

Last August, a small news item caught my attention because it was so unbelievable. It reported that as many as 5,000 people in France had perished during Europe's summer heat wave. I thought it was a typo. I could comprehend 50 people. But 5,000? That number was later updated to a staggering 15,000. Why wasn't this being reported more openly, I wondered. It was so many more than were lost in the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

Through further research, I learned that the majority of those lost were elderly. Well, that explains it. I thought. They were people who had lived a full life and were perhaps no longer thought to be indispensable to society. Soldiers or children dying in such numbers would have made headline news. At first I was content to leave it at that. But suddenly it hit me—what was I thinking? Among other things, many of these people were grandparents.

Testimony of Healing
Never beyond God's help
December 8, 2003

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