Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Love in Action

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth
1 John 1:18

I was a typical snowy day in the North Country. Big white flakes covering the ground and all the dirt.

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow"
Isaiah 1:18

We slowly make our way to the nursing home. We slipped and giggled. Then we came in not knowing what to expect.

Love your neighbor as yourself.

Isn't that always the case when you blindly and faithfully obey God's words.
    Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
    James 1:27
The nursing home is clean and quiet. We make our way to the nearest office and an employee takes us to the 4th floor. 
She has been working here for 40 years and has loved every minute of it. Her eyes smile and her face reflects peace.

We make our way to the first room, a little shy, a little anxious, not sure what to find there.

We hand out our Valentine and chat for a minute.

She is thankful, so thankful. The room seems a little bit brighter. She is happy because she will go home tomorrow. She is 94 year old yet her spirit is young.
    Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
With more assurance we enter another room and another one. Mary, Judy, Muriel, John, all thankful, all happy, all smiling. John was in the navy in World War II but John does not speak so much anymore yet he smiles and joy abounds from him.

Judy is bed ridden. She has MS but she also has a spirit of gold. "I have MS but MS does not have me", she says waving her fist. 

We came to love on them and we left having been loved on. God is good and gracious and faithful to those who love Him.

I encourage you to visit a nursing home. There are treasures there, people with incredible stories, stories of faith, stories of courage, life stories.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
John 14:27