Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hands and Feet

I remember this song.
It has a new meaning to me now...

In the institution of church, it was easy to love.
Well, most times. ;)
We're teaching our girls a new definition of church.
It's not an institution that we 'attend'.
It's who we are.

I have been blessed to be surrounded by friends from all walks of life with different personalities. I learn something from each one of them.

My friend Sharon, along with her husband, had a homeless ministry.
They fed hundreds every Sunday afternoon at their own expense for years.
They would never promote themselves.
That's just the kind of people they are... BIG hearts.

She and her son, David, invited us gals to visit a local nursing home with them.
It's something I wanted to do with the girls anyway.
If you've ever visited a nursing home, you know what it's like.
It's not easy.
Many aspects of it can break your heart.

I will probably never forget the last lady we visited.
At first glance, she may be someone you'd overlook.
She only seemed to be about 60 yrs old and
didn't appear at first to want to associate with us.
Sharon prayed for her and reached to hug her.

She started to cry.
She managed to communicate with us that she could not speak English.
She was from Russia and all of her family has passed. More tears.
We all filed in line to hug her... my girls too.

Sharon's daughter (sweetheart that she is) speaks Russian!
I see a visit in her future. Yay! :)

David and A-Nator played a few songs on the piano.
A-Nator played "Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star" since she hasn't officially started her lessons yet. They loved it. "Encore!"

As David played, the girls passed out color sheets and cards they made.
Gracie said her hand felt numb from coloring 16 pages that morning.

"Will you take my picture?"

Gracie later asked me why this lady wanted us to take her picture.
A-Nator responded without hesitation,
"I think it's because they want someone to remember them."

Truer words could not have been spoken.

Sharon asks everyone if they have any song requests.
Would you believe someone wanted, "B-I-N-G-O?"
The kids were a little nervous, but did a great job.
The kids also sang "Jesus Loves Me" and
"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."

It really is all about the little things.

This sweet lady loved the girl's cards and color sheets!
I think the girls walked away equally blessed.
Isn't that the way it usually works?

We plan to visit twice a month.
We may be able to break out some "Mary Had a Little Lamb" next time!

I'm so thankful our girls are learning what it means to be...
His "Hands and Feet."
Thank you, Sharon, for the opportunity to tag along with you and David!

1 comment:

  1. wow, this was an awesome post!! And you're right, when we reach out in Jesus' name we always end up being blessed as much and many times more!!

    love it!


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