What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31-32
As we are growing older some days it is easy to feel discouraged. It seems to me often that we are just yesterday’s news to others. But I can’t forget in those lonely times that God never forgets. We are still front page headlines in Heaven!
Nursing home ministry is not just something nice or a little extra side line for the church to investigate. Nursing home ministry is in fact an expression of the very heart of the Jesus Christ. In Matthew 25 Jesus talks about how we treat him in places like prisons, sick beds, orphanages and other places of abandonment and suffering. When we as His church consistently remember the importance of a true commitment to include such places in our outreach we may not get much notice in this world; but we will make the headlines in heaven! If we choose to allocate our church budget and sacrificially give of our time in order to value those whom Jesus values we will never regret it in eternity. Here in this small book is the compilation of more than 25 years of experience given as a guide, an encouragement and a call to action for those who are willing to hear.
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me Matthew 25:38-40
Nursing Home Ministry – The Heart of Jesus Christ
The lilacs are definitely in full bloom in our area. I am partial to lilacs because their sweet and delicate fragrance contrasts with their gnarly almost ancient looking stems. As summer comes knocking on our doors some of us think of time spent reading a new book or two. Here is a collection of 3 months of short devotional readings available in e-book format and accompanied by photography. You can follow the link of find it on Amazon.
Running the Race – Summer Reading with Jesus
And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” John 11:44 NKJV
Today I have had to say goodbye to a dear friend. Maria has finished her war with weakness and is now standing in the presence of our Lord. She has been fully and eternally released from the things of this life and is walking around her new home with Jesus. All the tears remain behind here and only Joy has found her just the other side of the door.
The unfolding of your words gives light, it gives understanding to the simple. Psalms 119:130
When it seems that everything is dark remember that God’s light is always available. It is tucked into the folds of his robe and if we ask he delights in showing us the way. A clear understanding of his word will penetrate any dark night and bring courage in what appears our deepest despair. He is not like any teacher on earth because He loves the simple. His office is open 24/7 and he will help us especially when we don’t know the answers!
The Robin an English Nursery Rhyme
The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow,
And what will poor robin do then, poor thing?
He’ll sit in a barn and keep himself warm
and hide his head under his wing, poor thing
In the early Spring of 1865, the daffodils were just peaking out to bloom and hope hung in the air of our nation. The long bloody conflict of the war between the states had ended and it seemed there would finally be peace. On April 15th a shot rang out in Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. Though the peace we came to enjoy would never be shared by Lincoln, the hope of new life could never be put out by a bullet. God will release again the sweet fragrance of the lilacs just as surely, because hope is never a prisoner when put our trust in God.
When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d,
And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night,
I mourn’d, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring Walt Whitman
“When you choose to look beyond the horizon: the sky’s the limit” Gail McWilliams
God’s promise of mercy is greater than our ability to receive it. My greatest encouragement today is that God is on my side. When I feel hopelessness trying to surround me like a fog I am snatched away from the cliff of despair by the faithfulness of the God who chose to love me. May you also be lifted up and encouraged today. Lift up your eyes to the horizon because He is on the way to help!