Memories and Prayers


If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified that you bring forth much fruit. John 15:7-8 ESV

Since 1998 when God first called me into Nursing Home Ministry I have felt a love, an energy and an urgency to walk through every door that God opened. Today as I look back I have nothing but gratitude and amazement remembering thousands of handshakes, hugs, songs and prayers. But today I would ask again for your prayers for these precious ones who no one can any longer visit during this health care crisis.

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You and I on the outside may be able to watch a live service from our home computer and live in relative safety. But in most nursing homes no one except a nurse or a doctor will be able to stand by their side and pray. No one will have an opportunity to serve them communion. No worship leader will be able to bring them music unless it is on the radio or television. But God is greater. Jesus has not lost the address of even one person who sits in assisted living; He has not abandoned those in long term nursing and has He forgotten those in memory care. God has a way forward.

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It is hard when we just turn on the television and see the statistics of infections and deaths to put a face on their story. So here are just a few photos of special friends some of whom have gone on to glory. Their smiles, their voices and love have been my best reward on earth for the simple acts of service I have been privileged to give them.

 

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Such sweet faces. A true blessing.

    1. pastorpete51 says:

      Amen and amazing lessons those folks have helped me learn.

  2. CG Thelen says:

    I can relate to this as my mom is isolated in an assisted living facility. She knows it is for her own protection, but I can tell she really misses in-person visits. Thanks for conveying the need to pray for them.

    1. pastorpete51 says:

      God puts our tears in a bottle because they are precious to Him. We just will need to trust Him through this time.

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