Ministering weekly for the last 23 years in Allied Skilled Nursing I have often wished there were more resources available for the residents. The reality of being partially disconnected from the local community and even their local church I see first hand the struggles and needs of people who have become my friends and extended family. Today I am making available a 31 day devotional called 31 Days of Hope for free this week in ebook form. If you are a family member a resident or a nurse this I pray thia month of readings will be a lifeline of hope that will draw you closer to God who is the truly Good Shepherd who has given us eternal hope in every dark place of life!https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075RRB5ZR
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