Getting Ready for Summer

 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease. Genesis 8:22 ESV

Even though here in the North East we have had some April snows this year it is certain that warmer days are ahead soon. With our Easter nursing home program  in the rear view mirror now is a great time to begin planning a Summer visit. Summer is a great time to bring in young people because they are off from school. There are still things like family vacations, trips to the park and sports to compete for their time but this is a good opportunity to bring in volunteers who couldn’t be a part of our Christmas or Easter presentations.

If you are wondering what to do here are a few ideas.

Focus on July 4th – Have kids tell what they are thank God for in our country

Mix in songs like God Bless America, America the Beautiful and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. This usually gets our residents singing along with us! I also open up the program for the young people to sing a few of their own favorite worship songs together. Even though the seniors may not know these they are blessed just to see the excitement and joy of youth praising God. As we always do don’t forget to allow time for visiting afterwards. The last few years one young lady has been delighted to bake cookies to hand out. We just check with the staff before giving out food to make sure of what is allowed for individual residents. Another young person is getting credit towards acceptance into the National Honor Society for her work visiting seniors. Have any ideas of your own? Let us know! Have a blessed week in Christ.

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The Power to Change the World

For anyone who is struggling with the frustrating sense of uselessness let me tell you about my good friend Ann. Ann* (not her real name) passed away just before Valentine’s day. For the last three years she came almost every week to our church service in the respiratory unit at the nursing home. Because of her trach it was hard to understand much of what Ann said. But Ann has changed the world. Her consistent faithful presence was noticed by her daughter who also began coming many Wednesday afternoons.

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Planning Your Future as a Caregiver While “Bearing Another’s Burdens”

Are you ever called not to bear another’s burden? What about planning your own future, even when you’re someone’s caregiver? What if their “burdens” interfere with your personal goals for the future, are you allowed to set them aside?

via Planning Your Future as a Caregiver While “Bearing Another’s Burdens” — Paradigm Shift

 

There are some things that are so difficult even to think about as a care giver. I love this post because it is both practical and loving in its encouragement and advice. Thanks Emily for sharing this excellent post!!

Praying for Harvest Helpers

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Matthew 9:37-38 NKJV

Since early on in nursing home ministry I have been gripped by the passion for two things- the overwhelming needs and the few that seem to notice. Society finds nursing homes convenient parking lots for the weakest members of our community. Our disabled, our elderly and our injured are professionally cared for but mostly forgotten except by Jesus Christ. Our calling as shepherds for this portion of God’s flock includes prayers for Him to send help.

Over the years of my time doing my best to meet needs and pray desperately for help I have discovered that God hears but answers in unexpected ways. I thought people from our church would come to serve communion but God sent willing staff members to cheerfully help. I felt that our prayer group would be moved to earnestly intercede for the needs, but God sent family members along with a few of the residents themselves to pray. If you are a fellow worker, a care giver or a concerned staff member remember that your prayers can reach far beyond your own abilities to help. Then after you have prayed ask God to give you eyes and ears to hear and see how He is answering! Have a blessed week in the love of Jesus!