I am forever in debt to the hundreds of nursing home residents with whom I have had the privilege of being friends. They have helped me to see that everyone matters to God and that we can face life with faith and courage. I am also thankful to the readers of this blog which I began three years ago as an extension to my main blog-site Praise2worship. I had thought there might be enough other readers with an involvement in nursing home ministry that I would be able to share experiences with. Though that has not been the case I will continue on Praise2worship to encourage both with insights into the lifestyle of worship as well as long term care ministry. Should the circumstances change I may reactivate this blog but for now this will be my last post. Blessings all!
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. Luke 1: 13 We often forget as we read Luke chapter one about the life of John the Baptist’s parents, that God was concerned for the needs of this elderly couple. Maybe in old age they had all but forgotten their prayer for children, but God had not. God had heard their prayer. God was still working on the answer. They didn’t have to follow some special formula. Zacharias and Elizabeth simply needed to remain faithful to what God had given them to do. In the same way we who have grown older without seeing the answer to things for which we have prayed can be encouraged that God also remembers us. Neither age nor weakness alters the power of God to answer prayer . It doesn’t matter how many years pass, if we are praying something in God’s will for our lives He hears us. He delights in answering the prayers of we who the community and sometimes sadly even the church consider past our time of usefulness. But the good news is that we are never out of warranty! Miracles can still happen because God never gives up, never forgets and never forsakes us. Don’t be afraid. He has heard your prayer!
Caligiuri, Peter (2018-03-07). Reflections of Hope (p. 3). Kindle Edition.
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38 KJV
As I round the corner on over twenty three years of nursing home ministry I have now decades of precious memories of hundreds of people whom God has given me the privilege to serve. I have preached to them my best sermons, sung to them my best songs and shared with them my most intimate feelings and yet can say without hesitation that I have received far more than I have given.
I have learned that a loving heart far outlasts a sharp mind.
I have discovered that vision far is sharper than eyesight
I have entered into friendships that outlast personal failures
I have learned that God is faithful to remember us
That our names are written on the palms of His hands
His greatest gift is received when we have nothing to give
His grace patiently carries us all the way up Calvary’s hill.
When we meet in His city every tear will be wiped away
Every weakness made strong
Every sickness made whole
And every sorrow tuned into joy!!