Binding Up Wounds

 

Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.  So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  Luke 10:31-34 NKJV

 

The man who fell among thieves is a lot like that of the residents in any nursing home. The thieves that caught him by surprise go by various names, such as age, physical disability or disease. People fall into a system where they lose control of their finances, their health and their personal freedom. Three people came by the man that day. The first was a priest. He had chosen to dedicate himself to God’s work and was recognized as a leader in his community. But in spite of his opportunity to show God’s mercy, that day he failed. The second man was a follower of the first, so he simply took the same path – the path of least resistance. Last in line came the Samaritan. He was the man from whom no one expected any help. But when the Samaritan passed by, he saw the need, rolled up his sleeves and got involved. He became a neighbor when he became a part of the injured man’s world.

Nursing homes are filled with suffering and that is easy and convenient to hide from. We hide because we are afraid of the answers we do not have. But we can roll up our sleeves like the Samaritan and understand not the “why” of suffering but the “How can I show the love of God.

 

“God permits what He hates to accomplish that which He loves” Joni Eareckson TadP1030268

Binding up Wounds

Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.  So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  Luke 10:31-34 NKJV

The man who fell among thieves is a lot like that of the residents in any nursing home. The thieves that caught him by surprise go by various names, such as age, physical disability or disease. People fall into a system where they lose control of their finances, their health and their personal freedom.

Three different people came by the man that day. The first was a priest. He came from a good family, had chosen to dedicate himself to God’s work and was recognized as a leader in his community. But in spite of his opportunity to show God’s mercy, that day he failed. He passed by, saw the need but chose not to get involved. The second man was only a follower of the first, so he simply took the same path – the path of least resistance. Last in line came the Samaritan. This was the man from whom no one expected any help. But when the Samaritan passed by that place, he saw the need, rolled up his sleeves and got involved. He became a neighbor when he became a part of the injured man’s world…

Nursing homes are filled with suffering and it is easy and convenient to hide from it. We hide because we are afraid of the answers we do have have for why God would allow suffering. One part of rolling up our sleeves like the Samaritan is to understand not the “why” of suffering but the “How can I show the love of God” in the middle of sometimes desperate situations in people’s lives. In this short video Joni shares her unique viewpoint on suffering.

“God permits what He hates to accomplish that which He loves” Joni Eareckson Tada

 

You can be a neighbor!

If you are considering Nursing Home Ministry or any other kind of work for God, this workbook is for you! Let’s begin with the story usually called, “the Parable of the Good Samaritan” which I have titled,        “The Parable of the Good Neighbor”

Luke 10:30-35 NKJV Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassJuly 04 assorted 017ion.  So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’

The first person we meet is the man who fell among thieves. His story was a lot like that of the residents in any nursing home. The thieves that caught him by surprise go by various names, such as age, physical disability or disease. People fall into a systP1020142em where they lose control of their finances, their health and their personal freedom.

Three different people came by the man that day. The first was a priest. He came from a good family, had chosen to dedicate himself to God’s work and was recognized as a leader in his community. But in spite of his opportunity to show God’s mercy, that day he failed.kimg0177.jpg He passed by, saw the need but chose not to get involved. The second man was only a follower of the first, so he simply took the same path – the path of least resistance. India and Nepal 231 Last in line came the Samaritan. This was the man from whom no one expected any help. But when the Samaritan passed by that place, he saw the need, rolled up his sleeves and got involved. He became a neighbor when he became a part of the injured man’s world…

This work book is designed not just to inspire you, but to challenge you to become a “roll up your sleeves” neighbor! Over the following pages you will find some questions, some homework and suggested projects which will call you to action. If you are ready, then roll up your sleeves and let’s get to work!

The above is the introduction to our manual on nursing home ministry. For more information stay tuned for posts over the next month or find us on amazon under the title Would You Do It For One? and Would You Do It For One? Workbook. Be blessed today as you begin your journey!

Would You Go For One? – Day Three Challenge – Getting Your Feet Wet

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If you are have gotten this far, then you have broken through your biggest barrier. You have chosen to begin. Whenever we go to the beach I have discovered that the most difficult moment is when I dip my feet into the water. It always seems cold! But every time I push through that “cold feet” moment, I find that I not only can learn to adjust, but that I am soon enjoying swimming.

The next goal is to not only dive in, but to learn to swim! Get to know people, beginning with their names. The song says, “Jesus is the Sweetest Name I Know”, but to many people, the sweetest sound is the hearing their own name. When you greet someone by name it builds a bond and tells that other person that they are important to you.

For those who have decided to follow God’s call to begin entering in to Nursing Home Ministry here are some questions you might want to see if you can answer:

  • Can you name at least one new resident? Do they know your name?
  • Can you name one staff member? What is their job?
  • What is happening in their life this week? (resident or staff)
  • What kind of job did the resident work? Where did they live
  • What can you pray about for them? (Have you asked?)

Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”