You've Got To Be Ready For Anything!

I've got to tell you about our visit to the nursing home this afternoon.  We go every month to one of the two homes here and our Sr. Adult Choir sings.  We sing the old hymns and some of the special music that we sing in the early service.  It's enjoyable and we certainly have a great time ministering to these folks.

We have a man who usually comes to everything we do.  We haven't seen him in a while and we were concerned that he, uh, well had passed away.  But he hadn't and today we came in and he was sitting on the couch in the living room area where we sing (covered from head to toe in a blanket--blanket covering his head.)  It seriously looked like someone had passed and they were waiting for the funeral home to come pick him up.

About half way through our songs, he began to stir.  He's blind and deaf, but he began to belt out "I'm Gonna Lay My Burden Down".  He did a great job and we accompanied him.  As soon as he was done he covered his face back up and went back to sleep.

Just then out of the corner of my eye I caught the big screen TV in the corner showing Wild Kingdom or something.  So what you say?  Uh... they were showing the live birth of a giraffe.  I mean there was full coverage of the whole thing--I mean every possible shot.  I was trying to lead the choir, but was chuckling--thinking what else can happen.

When you go to the nursing home you've got to be ready for anything.  They just need your presence to let them know they haven't been forgotten.

What has been your most unusual ministry experience?


darla said...

well, i must admit, i cannot top this one. but interestingly enough, i had planned to go visit at the nursing home this week. hopefully the giraffe show will not be showing again, but if so maybe i'll learn something? i'll keep you posted. i just love the elderly people.