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Aging Parents - by Michael Phillips
The Gospel Changes Everything - Part 34
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1 Timothy 5:3-8
Dec 18, 2011 pm - In 1987, social scientist, Ben Wattenberg, published a book in which he documented what everyone knows: while Africans and Middle-Easterners are producing children at a record rate, we Americans are not even replacing ourselves. We have what he called a 'birth dearth'. Whether this is good, bad, or indifferent is a matter of debate. What's not up for debate, however, is the fact that America is older than ever, and this means more middle-aged and younger people are taking care of aging parents, and the need for this care will increase in the foreseeable future. If you're young and looking for a good career in this country, don't think day care or school teaching; the future belongs to medicine, nursing, convalescent homes, and mortuaries! This is the big picture, and I only bring it up to provide a context for today's subject. People are living longer than ever, and this is the gift of God. How thankful I am that my father lived past ninety years old, and-until the last six months of his life-he was amazingly healthy and strong and independent for a man of his age. But the last six months were hard. He suffered from constant back pain, and while the doctors were sure it was a ... More >>>

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