Binding Up Wounds

 

Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.  So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  Luke 10:31-34 NKJV

 

The man who fell among thieves is a lot like that of the residents in any nursing home. The thieves that caught him by surprise go by various names, such as age, physical disability or disease. People fall into a system where they lose control of their finances, their health and their personal freedom. Three people came by the man that day. The first was a priest. He had chosen to dedicate himself to God’s work and was recognized as a leader in his community. But in spite of his opportunity to show God’s mercy, that day he failed. The second man was a follower of the first, so he simply took the same path – the path of least resistance. Last in line came the Samaritan. He was the man from whom no one expected any help. But when the Samaritan passed by, he saw the need, rolled up his sleeves and got involved. He became a neighbor when he became a part of the injured man’s world.

Nursing homes are filled with suffering and that is easy and convenient to hide from. We hide because we are afraid of the answers we do not have. But we can roll up our sleeves like the Samaritan and understand not the “why” of suffering but the “How can I show the love of God.

 

“God permits what He hates to accomplish that which He loves” Joni Eareckson TadP1030268

Sharing God’s Word at Nursing Home

Here are just some simple insights gained from over twenty years ministering at nursing homes. I hope these will be a help, an encouragement and a blessing for anyone wishing to serve better where they are called!

Our Easter Nursing Home Visit

It was a little hard to get our teenagers together for an Easter program at the nursing home it was definitely worth it. After all between, school, part time jobs and just being teens they have a crazy schedule.

If your church has or is considering a nursing home outreach IP1030261 urge you to challenge your young people to get involved. They sang several songs, helped to serve communion and visited with the residents. Then as we were packing our things up the head nurse said, “No you can’t leave! Have the kids sing some more!”

What an Easter blessing it was to be a part of a team sharing our faith from the youngest generation to the oldest. Together we are the body of Jesus Christ!

Set a Fire

 

Christmas Gifts at the Nursing Home

Our young people had a very special opportunity this year to give as Christmas gifts copies of the devotional book A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada. First the young people sang, presented the story of Bethlehem and then spent time one on one with about 35-40 residents, staff and family. Of course someone baked cookies as well and there were tears, laughter and joy as we shared together the miracle of Christmas.