Maybe your first memories of Mother’s day are of coming home from school with a hand written card and kisses. Later it meant a special dinner at a restaurant and flowers for her. After leaving home we probably gave Mom a phone call and sent her favorite chocolates in the mail. But for some this Mother’s day is a little bitter sweet because it means just another visit to her in the nursing home. Being a part of the “Nursing Home Community” makes us different. Whether we are residents, visitors, volunteers or staff we face a challenge to our hopes every day.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Having had the wonderful privilege of serving as a volunteer nursing home chaplain for almost 25 years, I have learned much about hope from people I have met there. If you are a nursing home resident Reflections of Hope is written for you. If you are a shut-in, a nurse, a therapist or a care giver these pages are dedicated to your hopes. If you are a family member struggling with the decision about what to do for your mom or dad, brother or sister, these 50 days of hope are your invitation to trust God with all your struggles and to hope again. Why not begin with me a journey towards hope today? Jesus knew what it means to be caught out in storms, suffer rejection and even abandonment. He willingly chose to pass through all of these things so that today we could be filled with hope through Him!
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