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Visiting the Eldery in Care Homes

THE LOST GENERATION

This is a gentle reminder to anyone who knows someone in a long term care facility. You may be a relative, a church friend, a pastor, a volunteer or service organization, someone who shared the same interests or enthusiasm for life, a member of the same congregation, former colleague, a neighbour or just a caring individual. Where are they now?

If you look around your church, is there a face that you miss? Is it someone who taught you Sunday school or Catechism all those years ago when you were a little child? Maybe it is someone whom you can always count on to make sandwiches or cakes for any occasion or prepare meals for the soup kitchen? Maybe it is that invisible someone who faithfully cleaned the sanctuary week and watered the plants week after week for thirty years, or stacked shelves with canned goods for the local food bank for ten years?

Maybe that someone always inspired you by the way he always sat in the same pew week after week, year after year worshipping God in passionate silence, quiet prayer and unseen deeds. Is it someone who always sang every hymn with gusto at the top of his voice whether he knew the melody or not. Maybe it is someone who is the uncrowned queen of fundraising or the annual bake sale?

Perhaps it is someone would always take on a role, whether big or small, in organizing an event: a parade, a carnival, a bible study or a cosy get-together? Someone who always generously offers his carpentry skills for school or church plays; or someone who could sew up a storm in glittering customs for school concerts and public performances. Perhaps it is someone whose beautiful floral arrangements or crochet work you always admired, or someone you always hunted together. May be it is someone you always lunched with on a workday or after Sunday services; someone who always lent you her ear and extended her hand in friendship.

In your community, do you miss that neighbour who always waved to you with a big smile, always ready with a friendly word or a helping hand? Where are your neighbours' parents you always observe puttering around?

Ever think why you don't see them around anymore? Do you know where they are? Can you find out, please? They would dearly love for you to visit them; they have touched your life in so many ways. Do not worry if you cannot remember their names, someone can tell you; do not worry if it has been a while since you last spoke, they are worth your time and effort. Do not worry is you do not even know anyone in a care home, you can make new friends!

If you know someone in a care home, why not visit them today and find out how they are doing? Why not visit them on a regular basis? If you are able, why not volunteer your time? You can find something you can both enjoy doing together. You can make a big difference. There are long term care facilities all over Halifax and throughout the province of Nova Scotia. Volunteers, lay ministers and pastors who will visit or help out with programs on a regular basis are always welcome. We are all looking for friends who will bring cheer, companionship and touch lives.

Author: Rev. Josephine Egan ,
Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, 2 Auburn Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3R 1K4.

Faith

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. [Hebrews 6:10]

Transformation

Jesus said: "You are the light of the world... In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. [Matthew]



I give you a new
commandment, that you
love one another.
Just as I have loved you,
you also should
love one another.

From the Bible,
John 13:34

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But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fearóhating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. Serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself".

Each one should use whatever gift he or she has received to serve others.

Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit [receive and use the gifts of the Spirit].

The Fruit of the Spirit

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

The Word. The bible is filled with Words of love and acceptance, instructions in parables telling me how I ought to be living my life, instructions to love, to accept; not to judge others and, above all, to love God, our Abba, with all my heart. God cares about us, where we are going.

Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.

Be joyful always;
pray continually;
give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Do not put out the Spirit's fire;
do not treat prophecies with contempt.
Test everything.
Hold on to the good.
Avoid every kind of evil.

Let the fruit of the spirit blossom and bear good fruit

Grow love,
Sprout joy
Plant peace
Produce patience
Sow kindness
Harvest goodness
Nuture faithfulness
Pick gentleness
Cultivate self-control

To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ:
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

Dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.

Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

[Based on 1 Peter; Galatians 5:14,22-23; 1 Thessalonians 4,5 and Jude Jude 1-2,20-22; 2 Samuel 22; Deuteronomy 12:28; Hebrews 6; Amos 5:15]

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"To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
[Jude 1-2]