From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised! Psalm 113:3 ESV
My friends at Life Care Center remind me by their presence, that no matter where we are in life, that we can always praise the Lord. They come in their wheelchairs, though some cannot hear well, some cannot see and few of them ever leave the building anymore. Yet when it is time for our 11 AM Friday service, they come, they sing, and take time to praise God!! Just as today’s verse reminds us: It doesn’t matter what time it is in our lives. It is always time to praise the Lord! I hope you will enjoy this simple rendition of the old classic chorus, “Praise Him When the Sun Goes Down!” Have a blessed week everyone. Let’s all try to keep up with my friends at Life Care and tell our hearts it is always time to praise God.
And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”1 Samuel 3:10 NLT
When the call goes out for helpers for nursing home ministry, many people don’t volunteer, simply because they feel they have nothing to offer. “I can’t sing – I’m not good in front of people'” or “I’m not sure what I could do.” are all common responses. This week, our oldest grandson Nathan came along with me to my Memory Care Thursday session. I was sad that he was too shy to sing and didn’t want to stand in the front with me, after being introduced. But today’s video is a perfect illustration of why, everyone can help. While I was busy singing for a small group of people, Nathan took a stroll down the hall and found a bunch playing cards in the dining room. So, he went in, introduced himself and invited them to come join our singing and come they did. In the video you see just two more joining but off camera there were almost another six or seven who came until our room was packed! Just as Nathan’s gift of encouragement, gathered many of our wandering lambs, so God can use you, if you will just make yourselves available. I hope you enjoy our extra short video this week and that you will simply ask Jesus, what He would have you to do. Have a blessed week all!
What a wonderful time I had at nursing home today when my granddaughter volunteered to come in and sing with me! The people just lit up when they saw her in the front, and it was heartwarming seeing their eagerness to sing with her. When young people come to visit – it is better than any medicine that the doctor can prescribe! I hope you love this week’s video and that you will go out wherever you are and let your light shine for Jesus!!
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16 KJV
As I shared last month; one of our residents was excited about sharing this song which she wrote back in 1990. Since the only available recording was on a cassette tape
(This is a cassette – for those of the younger generation}
So Bella agreed that we could record a video version of her song during our Friday morning singing time at Life Care Center. Bear in mind that I recorded this copyrighted song with her permission so if you should share or wish to record this yourself you will need to seek out the proper channels for doing so.
Whenever we minister at Nursing Homes always remember that not only Bella; but every resident whom we are called to serve has a story and abilities and value. One part of our ministry is not only to bless them; but to recognize and receive the blessings that they have to give!