But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.
Luke 15:22 ESV
It had been nearly a month since I had seen my special friends at the nursing home and halfway house Wednesday meetings. Three weeks we were away for our annual vacation and one more because everything was closed to group events for flu season. What a blessing having three weeks of
After struggling through months of
Never mind I was not a prodigal coming home, it was still a joy! Like the prodigal I was struggling for the words to the familiar songs of celebration. I was working hard to piece together names and faces again. But just like that young man I was back in a place where I belonged. I was back with people who I loved, who needed me and I them because in God’s strange plan – together we are the family of God!
One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way. Acts 13:2-3
The next few years will see exciting new opportunities about to open up to people involved in nursing home ministry. The question is will we be ready to go? One Abc news report states that there are 100 projects underway for Alzheimer’s and Dementia communities based on the experimental faux village in Holland. These micro-communities will have barber shops, ice cream parlors and bus stops. The challenge for those of us involved as chaplains, volunteers or regular visitors to traditional nursing homes is who will open the first church in such a setting? If we leave it to the government or the for profit corporations rushing into this lucrative field I think we all know the answer. Today is not too soon. Just as in the day of the Apostle Paul, the Holy Spirit is calling some of us to prepare for the work to which God has called us to bring not just awakening of memories but awakening of a real message of hope. Now is the time to prepare. Please feel free to enter the conversation. Be blessed this week as you go!