For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15 KJV
While a ferocious debate rages back and forth in both the political arena as well as within our families over Covid protocols; those of us in nursing home ministry find ourselves caught in the middle. It is as if we are consigned to a no-man’s land filled with barbed wire and shell craters, while overhead deafening salvos of words and tempers fly back and forth. But for us, the reality of coping with Covid-19 continues unabated. Today (for maybe the fifth time) one of the facilities where I sing called with the familiar phrase, “We are sorry to tell you, but we have to close the doors again.” So, today’s post, aims to provide you a shelter and some limited guidance to encourage and help you to keep slogging through for Jesus. Remember Him? Yes! We are not in a war with anyone on either side of the philosophical aisle, we are EMT’s assigned by the King of Kings, to render first-aid to the wounded and weary residents in long term care.
Imagine yourself in a community where your homeowner’s association sporadically quarantines you to your quarters for days, weeks or even months. And this quarantine is not just to keep you in your home, but to confine you to the master bedroom and bath area! If you can imagine that you might begin to be touched by the feeling of the infirmities of those to whom we are called to serve. The amazing thing about all of this is that Jesus himself knows exactly what we are going through. He left heaven to come to a planet infected by an even more highly contagious and deadly virus than Covid: It is called sin. Doctor Jesus came even though He knew the risk, the prognosis and the end game were certain. Then we must also recall that He did all this because He loved us enough to lay down His life, without complaint, in order to heal us of our diseases and deliver us from the bondage of our quarantine. He was touched by the feelings of our infirmity, and He gave us an example of how we are to care for one another.
So, don’t give up, give in or give out. In long-term care ministry, we may be wearing masks and getting booster shots for years. We may not be able to even get in the doors for months at a time but stay in the fight. General Jesus knows what is happening and He has a great strategy to win the war for souls. Keep asking Him for new ways to continue your outreach. We use a weekly newsletter, YouTube videos and constant respectful communication with the directors to keep us in the mix. If you would like to receive any of our free resources, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a blessed day all. Guard your health as well as your heart and remember that because God knows the feelings of our own infirmities, He is able to help us no matter what lies ahead!