We were driving through Brooklyn looking for the way over to Manhattan. My step father hated asking for directions so with my mother’s help he headed towards the Empire state building which we could see clearly above the small buildings around us. The only problem was that we finally ran out of roads at the East river because he had not counted on having to cross the bridge! We shouldn’t laugh too much at him though because in the same way we are all trying to get to heaven but forget that there is a bridge to carry us over and only one: our Lord Jesus Christ!
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all Isaiah 53:6 ESV
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 Tad
I haven’t posted much lately because we have been preparing for our Christmas program for Allied Services Skilled nursing. This was a special year in many ways. First of all I was so grateful for all the youth and parents who gave their best this past Wednesday night. We had an interesting cast. Joseph was from Peru, Mary was a Brazilian and we had a Brazilian/American king!
Also this year we had a fund raiser in order to give as a gift to each resident a copy of Joni Eareckson Tada’s new devotional “Spectacle of Glory” . They graciously discounted us about 60% off of the retail to help us along. Two of the mom’s from the church hauled in all the robes and helped to dress the youth. As an authentic touch a client of mine donated an antique wooden cradle for the manger. I will be posting video next week but here are a few photos of our night. With all that was said and done it was truly a night of worship and a night to remember!
saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2:2
Here is the final and most important session discussing the issues of relationship and ministry. The relationship we have with people whether we are in music ministry, sunday school or the pulpit sets the table for how our message will be received. If you view only one of these sessions this should be the one. be blessed