Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but. . .
Singing together is a great way to build a sense of belonging and togetherness. We each contribute our voices and our percussion instruments to “make a joyful noise to the Lord.” It always feels like a celebration there in the normally-quiet evenings in the nursing home. When we finish, there is usually spontaneous applause and lots of laughter. Faces all around the room are beaming. Before we leave, we go around and thank each resident for their help in making our choir and orchestra such a special one.
What a wonderful blessing it is for residents to receive a visit from a volunteer who brings a pet along. A visit from a cute or cuddly animal is a delight to many residents and a welcome novelty in the sameness of their days filled with loneliness and pain and boredom.
Oh, what a wonderful time of celebration we had at the annual resident picnic last Friday! From the moment the first van full of residents arrived and the lively music started, the love and joy of Jesus filled the room. 185 faces were wreathed in smiles as residents sang and swayed and waved flags along …