I did a Sunday afternoon church service for a local assisted living facility. Two friends came along to help. I had my guitar so we could do some simple worship songs.
This establishment has some residents who are memory impaired. Only a few were singing along, while others watched with empty stares. I decided to switch from hymns to the simple songs we do for children’s Sunday school. Suddenly they seemed to come alive! Several even participated in doing the hand motions to the songs!
We spent some time just talking with those who could talk and learning a little about their lives. One elderly woman kept watching the door for her mother whom she believed was coming soon. Suddenly I recognized the woman next to her!
“Darla! It’s me, Kathleen! How good to see you!” Blank stare. No recognition and then her gaze fell to the floor.
Darla was an older friend whom I remember well as being active in civic affairs and the president of a community organization. She was not one to be interested in Bible study or God. She once said, “There is plenty of time for that sort of thing later in life.”
I shared a simple message from the Bible and prayed with them. I gave an opportunity to pray for those who had never before given their lives to Jesus and received His forgiveness. Darla did not appear to comprehend any of it. She quietly picked at the imaginary lint on her shirt or stared at nothing in particular.
I went away feeling sad for her. I know that sometimes these patients have brief moments of clarity and clear thinking. Next time I go I will pray that God will give her such a moment so she can recognize her need for the Savior and receive Jesus.
- For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2
- SONG: INTO THE LIGHT – By Kathleen