Lessons Learned in The Alzheimer’s World

With Alzheimer’s awareness walks scheduled in a few weeks I wanted to share some hope with those who have loved ones in the struggling with memory loss. One thing I have noticed from having spent some twenty plus years bringing music in to those places is the pain and heartache of family members. The residents…

This Is My Father’s World

I often to sing this hymn when I am on my morning walks. I love especially the lines, “In the rustling grass I hear Him pass; He speaks to me everywhere.”  They remind me that when God seems silent in my life it is not from His lack of speaking, rather from my lack of…

Show Me Your Ways

Show Me Your Ways – Oh God Show me now your ways Oh God Teach Me Heaven’s paths Lead me in Your purity For you are my God   I will trust in you And follow Your truth For You are the God of my Salvation O Jesus I wait And rest in hope today…

Playing Their Song-Part 2

For those of you who like me are trying your best to bring music into nursing home ministry here are a few practical suggestions that have helped in encouraging residents to sing. First, we need to remind ourselves that hearing and voice change over time. None of us still has the vocal range we had…

Playing Their Song – Part 1

Originally posted on New Beginnings:
“One year we went on a cruise for our anniversary. After dinner one night we went down to listen to the band that was playing in the room below the dining room. In that moment as they started playing our special song, a feeling of completeness and peace just settled…