When faced with life's challenges,
it is Important to Remember
that although Daniel was saved from the lions,
he was not saved from the Lion's Den.

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Nursing Home

Last year for Christmas, our small community choir went to the local (40 minutes away) nursing home to sing to the residents.  We had about 20 elderly people in the room that the nurses pushed and lead there for the program.  When we started singing, I noticed that five or six of the guests, were already asleep, several others were singing their own songs, off key and loudly out of tune.  But they all seemed to be having a good time, even if they were doing something else!  There were just a few that actually seemed to be listening and smiling.  The funny thing was, after we were done, even the ones who had been sleeping wanted to hug us and hold onto our hands.  They wanted the contact with other human beings.  They wanted the joy that comes when we feel appreciated and loved.
Do you ever feel as if no one appreciates you or loves you?  The wonderful thing about Heavenly Father is that He sees every part of  your life.  He knows exactly who you are and loves you in spite of yourself.  He doesn't miss a single part of our lives.  If everyone around you seems to have "dozed off" or is singing to a different tune, you might want to check again.  If you look deep into your heart, I think you will find your Heavenly Father sitting there watching and waiting.  He knows the songs of your heart. He knows the ones you long to sing.  He knows the person you are to be.  He loves you unconditionally.


  1. What a thoughtful post. I remember performing piano pieces at nursing homes when I was younger and we were always met by such enthusiasm.

  2. I never dreamed at JUST 40 I'd have so much in common with nursing home folks! The last few lines really got me...There seem to be people in my life whom I thought were super close, and seemed to be dozing through my difficult times...but then again, God sent people like you, people whom I have never met, who ecnourage me DAILY.
    Thanks, Patty Ann. You are Awesome!

  3. You do such a nice job with your blog. I really enjoyed reading this post. Thanks!

  4. You have a wonderful inspiring blog.
    Thanks for stopping by and tasting my split pea soup with me...You can sift it and we'll just eat it both ways...whatever tastes best.

  5. Wonderful post, so uplifting and heartfelt. I often think about the elderly that have no one in their lives and it breaks my heart so bless you for being involved in a program that gives something back!

  6. I haven't been in a nursing home in many years now but I used to be in one at least once a week. My great-grandmother lived to 96 and was lucid until the end. I miss her much! I also worked in one for some time, they are sad places where many of the people never get visitors. :(