Not Forgotten in Memory Care!

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Luke 12:6 ESV

People sometimes fail to visit friends or family members in memory care, because they feel helpless to do anything about their loved one’s situation. They are afraid they may say the wrong thing or wonder what in the world they can talk about. But when we step out in faith (i.e., go forward without knowing all the answers) the reality is often quite different from the perception. In today’s verse, the Bible reminds us that God remembers sparrows. In spite of the fact that the ability of sparrows to understand their creator is quite limited, He delights in spending time with them and watching over them as they live out their lives. Visiting a loved one in memory care is a little like visiting sparrows. Their life has not ceased at all: It is simply different. We need to leave behind our preconceived notions about what our relationship ought to be and build on what it can be. Like the words from the song, “Favorite Things”, we can discover a whole new world of the good things that can still be found. If you have someone you know who you have thought of visiting but have held off because of that struggle; here is a short list that may help encourage you today.

  • They may not remember your name, but they appreciate your presence. They may have forgotten the good times you shared, but they also forget the arguments and differences.
  • They are confused about where they are or how they got there, but they will joyfully tell you about little moments, you might have forgotten.
  • They might have forgotten how old they are but will be delighted if you come with a small cake and sing happy birthday for them on their special day!
  • Big expensive gifts will not matter much to them anymore, but you will be amazed at the joy a single rose, a card or a pack of their favorite cookies will bring.
  • They might not be able to carry on a lengthy conversation about politics anymore, but they will be glad to take time to pray with you before you leave. Take their hands, give them your time and then leave them in the arms of the Almighty. We may not understand why our mom or dad, brother or sister is in memory care, but we can know that they are never forgotten by Jesus!

Sparrows and Memory Care

The good news is we are expanding little by little in our outreach to the nursing home community in our area. This month we are invited to begin bringing music to the memory care people at Watermark in Trinity Florida.

Today I am grateful that God has continued to supply a few faithful workers. His promise is that He will remember every sparrow. May our hearts be tuned to sing His praise so they can hear!

Why Should I Feel Discouraged?

August 28 2008 055 Why should I feel discouraged,
Why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely,
And long for heaven, heaven and home,
When, when Jesus is my portion,
My constant Friend is He;
Oh, oh-oh, his eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches, watches it over me.

His Eye is on the Sparrow by Lauren Hill

” I had felt frustrated by the small number of people that came to our little service. It seemed like I was just rushing in, doing my duty and then going home when God chose one afternoon to change my muddy attitude. I was passing around shaking hands saying,” God bless you” to everyone when one woman slipped something into my hand. I opened up my palm and discovered two shiny quarters which she had given me. “No I can’t take this’” I protested. She just smiled widely and said “You keep those; there are lots more where they came from!”

I was instantly reminded of the widow’s two mites in the Bible story. Remember that Jesus said that the widow, “put in more than all these…” When God sends us the widow’s mites he is putting into our hands of what he values most. I would not at all be surprised if some of the people standing near Jesus might have laughed. Those pitiful worn out copper coins were nothing to compare to the golden shower being poured in by the rich. But that day God may gave me a golden shower of laughter to lift my spirit. In that moment a light clicked on in my heart reminding me of the preciousness of that woman in God’s eyes.”