Life in a nursing home is like living in a challenging neighborhood. Sometimes neighbors named depression, frustration or pain keep us up all night or make the days seem long and tiresome. But no matter where we live God gives hope and strength when we place our hope in Him. These 31 Days of Hope are written to lift you up and help you to refocus on the unfailing love of God. This is day three in our series. b If you have a family member or loved one in long term care then pass today’s reading on like a small bouquet to brighten their day. God bless you with His Hope!
Day 3 Invisible Unshakable Hope
Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope Psalm 119:49 ESV
A few years ago I became quick upset with my doctor after going through some minor surgery. On the appointed day of the procedure the nurse came in, the anesthesiologist put me under but I never saw the doctor. I was incensed that he would take my money, do his work and then leave without talking to me! But what my mind had told me was not the truth. My wife assured me that the doctor had come in and spoken with both of us after the operation. My problem was that I was still so affected by the anesthesia that my memory was playing tricks on me! Sometimes it works in that same way when we have gone through a spiritual crisis. But our heavenly doctor has not forgotten us. The one who has brought us through the operation will be with us in the recovery room! Our God is the invisible unshakable Hope that carries us through every storm!
Nursing home ministry is not just something nice or a little extra side line for the church to investigate. Nursing home ministry is in fact an expression of the very heart of the Jesus Christ. In Matthew 25 Jesus talks about how we treat him in places like prisons, sick beds, orphanages and other places of abandonment and suffering. When we as His church consistently remember the importance of a true commitment to include such places in our outreach we may not get much notice in this world; but we will make the headlines in heaven! If we choose to allocate our church budget and sacrificially give of our time in order to value those whom Jesus values we will never regret it in eternity. Here in this small book is the compilation of more than 25 years of experience given as a guide, an encouragement and a call to action for those who are willing to hear.
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me Matthew 25:38-40
Nursing Home Ministry – The Heart of Jesus Christ
Much of what we who are involved in nursing home ministry tell people is related to the need of the people in institutional care. That is because we see people every week struggling with loneliness, abandonment and depression. Life in a nursing home is a little like living a rough neighborhood. While the staff may be doing everything they can to help there are issues of the heart that only God can change. That is where we as volunteers reaching into where they live with God’s message of hope have a wonderful opportunity to serve. Have you ever thought about going to the mission field? The good news is that there is a mission field right in your community called the nursing home. Do you wonder what it would be like to get involved? In this short video some of our team share what it is like. May you be encouraged today to step out through God’s open door where you live and get started in nursing home ministry! Have a blessed week!