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 10:33-34
Long ago on a winding road, three men passed by, but only one dared to make a connection. One man we remember today because of his profession, one man because of his good family background, but only one by what he did to be a real neighbor.He slowed down long enough to see someone’s need, chose a different direction than other people and risked being connected to his neighbor. Nursing Home ministry is just like that. It is not ministry to a crowd but to a single person with whom you make connection. Being connected might mean looking into their eyes and sharing a smile, or giving a hug or a warm handshake. Making connection might mean taking an extra moment to listen to them or by making a gift gift to be given. Whatever the doorway God gives we must go through it like the Samaritan in Jesus’ story. He went where his neighbor was, saw him and had compassion.
We never learn the rest of the story because that part of the mystery belongs to God. We can only like the Samaritan to make the connection then leave the results with Jesus. He is the one who connects hearts, opens doors and leads the way we need to go. Only He can make the connection we all needs to find eternal life.!