I am forever in debt to the hundreds of nursing home residents with whom I have had the privilege of being friends. They have helped me to see that everyone matters to God and that we can face life with faith and courage. I am also thankful to the readers of this blog which I began three years ago as an extension to my main blog-site Praise2worship. I had thought there might be enough other readers with an involvement in nursing home ministry that I would be able to share experiences with. Though that has not been the case I will continue on Praise2worship to encourage both with insights into the lifestyle of worship as well as long term care ministry. Should the circumstances change I may reactivate this blog but for now this will be my last post. Blessings all!
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38 KJV
As I round the corner on over twenty three years of nursing home ministry I have now decades of precious memories of hundreds of people whom God has given me the privilege to serve. I have preached to them my best sermons, sung to them my best songs and shared with them my most intimate feelings and yet can say without hesitation that I have received far more than I have given.
I have learned that a loving heart far outlasts a sharp mind.
I have discovered that vision far is sharper than eyesight
I have entered into friendships that outlast personal failures
I have learned that God is faithful to remember us
That our names are written on the palms of His hands
His greatest gift is received when we have nothing to give
His grace patiently carries us all the way up Calvary’s hill.
When we meet in His city every tear will be wiped away
Every weakness made strong
Every sickness made whole
And every sorrow tuned into joy!!
It took a while to get this video worked on but I am so happy to share what our Youth has done and continues to do for the nursing home residents in our community. Only heaven will tell how many lives have been touched, healed and encouraged by the simple act of their coming to visit and sing! Sing to the Lord all the earth is more than just a suggestion!!