Easter Cards at Nursing Homes

 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!

Remembering Jesus in Memory Care

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. Psalm 27:4 ESV

My favorite people to sing with are my Thursday morning friends in the memory care wing of Sunshine Christian Home. We had a great group this week and they totally loved singing “Up From the Grave He Arose!” In Psalm 27 David asks the Lord for the right to dwell in the House of the Lord –ALL- the days of his life. All our days includes when we are older, weaker and frail. Even in those years God loves coming alongside and delights in giving us a song! If you have not yet known the blessing of serving in Nursing Home Ministry you are missing out. There is a wonderful connection of the blessing that God wants to pass from one generation to the next! I hope you enjoy hearing their voices as we sing my absolute favorite Easter Hymn. Blessings all!

Jesus Loves Me in Memory Care

The long term care community is far more complex than those on the outside realize. There are group homes for those with various mental disabilities, independent living neighborhoods surrounding inhouse care buildings as well as short term rehab facilities. But when the average person mentions nursing homes, their mind inevitably turns to memory care. The residents in these places are the most vulnerable, needy and yet forgotten of all. Today’s video gives a hope filled glimpse into the lives and faith of my most special friends. I encourage you to take a second look at what part you may play. Jesus Loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Will you join Jesus in loving someone in memory care this week?