Coping With Covid at Nursing Home

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15 KJV

While a ferocious debate rages back and forth in both the political arena as well as within our families over Covid protocols; those of us in nursing home ministry find ourselves caught in the middle. It is as if we are consigned to a no-man’s land filled with barbed wire and shell craters, while overhead deafening salvos of words and tempers fly back and forth. But for us, the reality of coping with Covid-19 continues unabated. Today (for maybe the fifth time) one of the facilities where I sing called with the familiar phrase, “We are sorry to tell you, but we have to close the doors again.” So, today’s post, aims to provide you a shelter and some limited guidance to encourage and help you to keep slogging through for Jesus. Remember Him? Yes! We are not in a war with anyone on either side of the philosophical aisle, we are EMT’s assigned by the King of Kings, to render first-aid to the wounded and weary residents in long term care.

Imagine yourself in a community where your homeowner’s association sporadically quarantines you to your quarters for days, weeks or even months. And this quarantine is not just to keep you in your home, but to confine you to the master bedroom and bath area! If you can imagine that you might begin to be touched by the feeling of the infirmities of those to whom we are called to serve. The amazing thing about all of this is that Jesus himself knows exactly what we are going through. He left heaven to come to a planet infected by an even more highly contagious and deadly virus than Covid: It is called sin. Doctor Jesus came even though He knew the risk, the prognosis and the end game were certain. Then we must also recall that He did all this because He loved us enough to lay down His life, without complaint, in order to heal us of our diseases and deliver us from the bondage of our quarantine. He was touched by the feelings of our infirmity, and He gave us an example of how we are to care for one another.

So, don’t give up, give in or give out. In long-term care ministry, we may be wearing masks and getting booster shots for years. We may not be able to even get in the doors for months at a time but stay in the fight. General Jesus knows what is happening and He has a great strategy to win the war for souls. Keep asking Him for new ways to continue your outreach. We use a weekly newsletter, YouTube videos and constant respectful communication with the directors to keep us in the mix. If you would like to receive any of our free resources, you can contact me at revpete51@gmail.com. Have a blessed day all. Guard your health as well as your heart and remember that because God knows the feelings of our own infirmities, He is able to help us no matter what lies ahead!

Entertaining Angels

Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:1-2 KJV

The phrase entertaining strangers, in today’s verse can be a bit deceptive. What it means is to take care of them like the Good Samaritan did for the man he found on his road. In our 21st century world we have in most of our communities strangers who are in long term care. During the Covid pandemic they often had to spend their days confined to their room and often no visitors were allowed for months without end. When the unexpected invades each of our lives more often than we like we realize now that we are far less in control of our world than we thought! But even in the midst of awful events, the Bible encourages us that one thing remains the same -and that is the love of God. Even though we cannot do everything we would like to do, there is always still something that we can. Whether we are separated by Covid or by distance, the inability to be with loved ones can frustrating but today’s verse encourages us love those who are around us no matter who they may be. Whether you have the opportunity to visit a local nursing home or of you only have the chance of being a ray of sunshine for your letter carrier, God has put someone in your world for you to show His love today. If we will obey, we could one day discover that we were entertaining angels and who knows what blessings God might have in store for us then!