If you or a loved one are going through a time of serious illness are shut-ins or nursing home residents this is book of hope is for you. God is unlimited in His power to minister hope and healing to those of us in need. Now in large print here are 31 daily readings based on the promises of God’s word. You can either find this for yourself on Amazon or you follow the link to 31 Days of Hope. (Also available in e-book format.)
31 Days of Hope – Large Print
“Are you ready for Christmas?” is something we hear in stores, around the dinner table and even in church. But whether we are ready or not Christmas is coming and for the 1.4 million nursing home residents a simple visit means more than you may ever know. This simple video gives some easy to follow ideas for getting ready to go. So are you getting ready for Christmas?
Maybe your first memory of your Mom is her sitting you on her lap to tell you a story. Later it meant coming home from school and smelling cookies baking in the oven. As an adult maybe time with her meant a special dinner at her favorite restaurant and photographs of her holding her grandchildren. But for some seeing mom this Christmas means a drive to visit to her in the nursing home.
You might be thinking “Well that is not the situation in our family” or “Yes that’s true, our pastor ought to do something about it!” But the opportunity to visit someone’s mother is available to all of us. The sad fact is that of the 1.4 million* nursing home residents in the United States, less than 30% will receive a single visit from a family member, friend or neighbor in an entire year.
Why not consider organizing a small group to visit your local nursing home facility this year. Some may have a giving tree set up for the purchase of small gifts for the resident. Others will have a special dinner or breakfast set up at which they would be delighted to have volunteers to help. Often we have brought a few of our teens to put on a Christmas play or just sing some real Christmas carols. Each home will have different and specific needs and guidelines. The season will pass so quickly but the smallest service you could offer can be a blessing to someone. Remember that on the cross Jesus asked John to take care of His mother. Maybe He is giving each of us an invitation to take care of someone else’s Mom as well as our own. Will you be visiting Mom for Christmas this year?
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 25:40 KJV
*National Center For Health Statistics: Fast Stats 2014
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!!