MOUSEY MOMENT … ‘SILVER SUNDAY’
Silver Sunday on Sunday 4th October
The national day for celebrating older people
It started with a tea dance and within a few short years it has turned into a national campaign to tackle the blight of loneliness that affects so many older people. Silver Sunday is a day in the national calendar, the first Sunday in October, when we ask the nation to pause and think about older people and celebrate their contribution to society.
With social distancing restrictions still in place, Silver Sunday is going to look very different this year, but, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is needed more than ever. Whether it’s simply writing a card or delivering a cake, every act of caring conveys our thanks & gratitude.
Silver Sunday is a powerful vehicle to draw attention to the problem of loneliness amongst older people. Celebrating the contribution of older people to society, also increases their happiness and well-being and presents an opportunity to bring generations together.
Silver Sunday started in Westminster in 2012 and since then has gained widespread support. The aim is to turn it into a national day matching Mothering Sunday and Fathers’ Day, establishing it in the national consciousness as a day when we think about older people and help them. With the support of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, Silver Sunday has grown to the point where last year, 1,000 events were held nationwide – from the south of England to Glasgow and all the way to Northern Ireland.
Proverbs 16 v31 ‘Grey hair is a crown of splendour; it is attained by a righteous life.’
Psalm 92 v12-14 ‘The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the House of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”’
Leviticus 19 v32 ‘Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord.’
Isaiah 46 v4 ‘Even to your old age and grey hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.’
Old age is a blessing from the Lord. We should never be afraid of aging. Christians have a responsibility to show kindness, respect, and to take care of the elderly. Yes we are to respect all people, but there is a certain type of respect that we give to the elderly unlike our own age group. There is a certain way we talk to them and give honour to them. Thankfulness is an important quality for all people, especially for Christians. Put simply, thankfulness is recognizing good things that have happened to you, and acknowledging the people who made those good things happen. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the people who have come before us – our mothers & fathers, our grandparents & great-grandparents. With many confined in care homes or nursing homes, or shielding themselves in their own home for fear of falling ill to the Covid-19 virus, many feeling isolated & lonely, many struggling to fend for themselves – now, more than ever, is our friendship & love needed.
You’ve heard of the proverb ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’, where every difficult or sad situation has a comforting or more hopeful aspect, even though this may not be immediately apparent. Silver Sunday surely embraces that – our silver-haired generation, many of whom have lived through 2 World Wars, would surely tell us that despite all the dreadfulness the Covid-19 pandemic has brought, we should never give up hope that we will come through these dark days. The sun will shine again.
“You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis
“Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.” – Benjamin Franklin.