Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27 NLT
I was so excited that the ladies’ group from our church volunteered to make Easter cards for the nursing homes I visit, but my expectations were low as to how many they might put together. How surprised I was this week when I was handed a pack of over 100 cards along with a request to come and help pass them out! This morning was the first event, and we went into the memory care wing of Sunshine Christian home. Though the people love me and look forward to the music each week, they just lit up with joy to see the ladies singing along with the Easter hymns this morning.
It was especially meaningful because one of the residents was a pastor on staff a few years ago and he recognized one of the women and they warmly greeted one another as the cards were given out. In the day of the apostle James, perhaps the men didn’t live to old age or that families tended to neglect the widows. But for both men and women who are in extended long-term care, being visited is still important, both to them and to God. God is delighted when we slow down long enough to spend some of our time in the service of those who are most vulnerable. If you are looking for ways to be involved in long term care ministry, you don’t have to travel far or spend lots of money. Jesus has open doors in your own community just waiting for people to walk through them. Have a blessed day all!