Old Folks’ Greetings
(Tune: “Count your many blessings”)
When you bowed, this morning, on your knees to pray,
Did you ask God’s blessings on the old folks’ day?
Have you come to greet them with a smiling face,
And dispel the sorrow from their gathering place?
Welcome, Grandma, with your locks of gray;
Welcome, Grandpa, to our feast today;
Cheer the old folks, greet them with a call,
Welcome to our banquet, welcome one and all.
In life’s battles ever they’ve been brave and true,
They have wrought and conquered, wrought for me and you;
Faced the hostile Indians, where the cactus grows,
Made the desert blossom as the fragrant rose.
Let us cheer the old folks, make them glad today,
Fill their souls with sunshine, help them on life’s way;’
Loving acts of kindness wield a power to save
Greater far than garlands strewn upon the grave.
Some have crossed the river, in the year just past,
Faithful to their children, faithful to the last;
May we ever follow in the path they’ve trod,
Faithful to each other, faithful to our God!