Nursing home ministry is recognizing that we are a part of a community rather than a calling – like being called to be a missionary. When Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself” a lawyer tried altering the meaning of neighbor in order to skip out on loving those he didn’t feel comfortable with. The question isn’t whether we are called to visit those in long term care; but what each of us can do when we get there!
Though there were no institutions like nursing homes in the days of Jesus, there definitely were the same kinds of people who lived in them. That society had no social security, government health insurance or orphanages. The poor and helpless either were cared for by family or were thrown out to beg on the street. In the Bible we read a story of one woman we will call Rosemary, who teetered on the edge of destitution. Rosemary was a widow being supported by her only son. Then the worst happened. That son was struck down by some disease or accident. The morning as she followed his coffin on the way out of the city she wept not only for the loss of her child, but also because her future seemed dark and foreboding. Then Jesus came!
Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great…
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