"Better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, For that is the end of all men; And the living will take it to heart." Ecc 7:2
This verse came to mind this week as our family had a couple opportunities to share at nursing homes in the Flint, Michigan area. Especially Wednesday morning.
You see, we've sang at nursing homes many times. In fact, that's really how we got started sharing music together. The music and travels we're involved with today was never something we 'planned'. It was simply an overflow of sharing in our local area.
But Wednesday morning was unique. We visited a hospice-care center with around 22 patients. Many of them in their last days here on earth. We walked from room to room, sharing 4-part hymns acapella. It's amazing how a simple gesture, a familiar hymn, and a gentle handshake can make a difference.
On a couple occasions, the family of the patients would listen with tears streaming down their faces. In other rooms, the nurses were shocked to hear their patients singing along with us. The rich words of those timeless hymns truly reach the heart.
If your family is looking for an opportunity to share together, the local nursing home is a wonderful place to start. Grab a hymnal. Learn a couple simple parts -- or sing in unison! Talk to your children about the importance of smiling, shaking the resident's hands and looking them in the eye. And go for it! God will bless as you make time for what our society considers to be 'the least of these.'
[Note: Because of the sensitive nature of our time at the hospice care center, we didn't bring our camera to capture those moments. These pictures are from our visit to a retirement village yesterday.]