Our youth went to a local nursing home to sing for the residents. The kids were such a blessing this week at this special night of thanksgiving for America. We have teens from several different nations and each one gave thanks to God for at least one thing about our nation. We are in a time of turmoil in the United States, but having young people willing to live for Christ means there is still a bright hope for our country. The tears flowing down the faces of some of our elderly veterans said it all about the impact they made!
Matthew 25:38-40 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Jesus is Waiting
The Savior is waiting to enter your heart
Why don’t you let Him come in
There’s nothing I this world to keep you a[art
What is your answer to Him? Ralph Carmichael 1958
When we sang that song as young people, it as thrilling to imagine that Jesus truly and individually cared for each of us; and the good news is that He did and does! The sad news is that our thoughts and concerns sort of fizzled out once we felt that He had come in. Today Jesus is still waiting, He is waiting for us to follow Him in serving the needs of the helpless and making others the center of our attention. I was saddened this week as I was told by a family member of one of the residents in the Alzheimer’s unit where I visit, “Some of the resident’s families only call to find out if they have died yet.” But Jesus has not forgotten. Jesus spends time in some of the most unlikely places of the world. He is there, sitting by the side of the hurting, the lonely and the forgotten.
If you went to meet Jesus at the Nursing Home instead of at church, how many times would He see you this year?
Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged parents are the pride of their children. Proverbs 17:6
When grandparents and parents play on the same team kids come out ahead. Here are just a few ideas I have learned as a grandfather.
Grandparents don’t have all the answers but we have learned a few of the right questions…
Grandparents can’t keep up like Mom and Dad but we can help the kids to learn to slow down and wait…
Mom and Dad make sure there is always a good meal on the table. Grandparents make sure that there are always chocolate chip cookies!
Sometimes Dad and Mom feel like the demands will never end. Grandparents know that it all comes to an end too quickly!
God bless all you Moms and Dads as you share with us the gifts of our grandchildren. With God’s grace we hope to give them…
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Over the next week we will be offering three separate titles for free beginning with
“Music Matters in Nursing Home Ministry”
This newly revised edition includes a workbook section for helping to put some of the ideas in this short book into practice. The title is available in e-book format on amazon or you can follow the link directly to the title. Music Matters will be available from now till Saturday June 4th. Be blessed!