W H E R E   H A V E   A L L   T H E   E L D E R S   G O N E ?

When you find them, remind him or her of their tasks (see them named below); and tell them that we need them to carry them out.

Ireena Worthy on FlickrFinding Beauty and Serenity (photo by Ireena Worthy on Flickr)

THE TASKS OF ELDERS

TO SPEAK TRUTH!

TO LOVE AND LIVE AUTHENTICALLY!

TO SEE AND MOURN THE SUFFERING THAT SURROUNDS US IN THE WORLD! (see next photo)

Richard Peter-A statue mourns the bombing of Dresden in World War II (photo by Richard Peter)

TO FACE LIFE WITH COURAGE!

TO WATCH OVER OUR EARTH AND KEEP IT SAFE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN! (see next photo)

CMGW Photography on FlickrFor the sake of The Wonder of Childhood (photo from CMGW Photography on Flickr)

TO CELEBRATE LIFE JOYFULLY!

TO KEEP ONE’S FAITH IN SELF, NEIGHBOR AND NATURE!

-Meteor Shower on Snowy MopuntainwyomingMeteor Shower at Snowy Range in Wyoming (photo by David Kingham on Flikr)

TO DISCOVER AND CREATE!

TO GIVE VOICE TO THE SONG WITHIN THAT IS WAITING TO BE SUNG!

TO SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE THE YOUNG!

TO KEEP THE HOME FIRE BURNING FOR THE HUNTERS, SAILORS AND WARRIORS; GUIDE AND BLESS AND PRAISE THEM; AND ESPECIALLY WELCOME AND HELP THE WARRIORS HEAL ONCE THEY ARE HOME AGAIN!

**KoreaWarPhoto by David Douglas Duncan – Life Magazine 1950

This ordinary man weary and facing death in a war not of his choosing needed his country to love and welcome him when he returned home again. Did his Elders who sent him and his comrades to the battlefield do that? so that he and his fellow warriors could return home whole to resume the life that he and they left behind?