Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Right Song at the Right Time

Has this ever happened to you?  You’re going through something in your life and a song comes on the radio, just when you needed to hear it?

Once a month, I try to get a group together to visit a nearby Continuing Care Center. I think it is a great ministry.  I see the pure joy on the faces of many of the residents when a group comes in just to spend time with them. They love having time with children and talking with the parents.  Well, over the last few months, the number of families joining us for these events has been dwindling. I make an effort to remind people, but because of meetings, other events and other things, many have been dropping out.  Last month I had to cancel because only one other family was going to come with us and it is hard to entertain a room full of seniors with just three children.  At any rate, I woke up this morning feeling pretty disappointed that we’d be going with another very small group.Before he left this morning, my husband prayed that God would encourage me in this ministry, but I was still feeling frustrated as I hit the road.

Less than five minutes into our drive, a song came on the radio that I had never heard before.  Every verse brought me more and more encouragement and by the end of the song, I felt renewed.

Keep Changing the World

by MikesChair

Something here is wrong
There are children without homes
But we just move along to take care of our own
There's so much suffering just outside our door
A cry so deafening
We just can't ignore

To all the people who are fighting for the broken
All the people who keep holding on to love
All the people who reaching for the lonely
Keep changing the world
Take a look around
Before the sun goes out
What's lost can still be found
It's not too late now
It only takes one spark to make the fire burn
So reach inside your heart and let this be the start

I see you changing the world
Every boy
Every girl
Step up!
I see the sun coming up
It's a brighter day
Let's show the world that love is a better way
So lend a hand join the fight
'Cause time is ticking away

I have to thank the Lord for His encouragement. Our family will keep reaching for the lonely and fighting for the broken.


Here’s Luna, with her self-cut bangs, working on a hand for our flag wall decoration.


It turned out lovely!


We spent a lot of time talking with this gentleman, who is truly a gem.  We’ve never met him before, but when he was wheeled into the room he let out a, “Ho ho ho, look who’s here!  Santa Clause! Ho ho ho and a bottle of rum!”  It came out with such enthusiasm, I cracked right up.  I really enjoyed chatting with him and he thanked us, at least a dozen time, for coming to visit.  Before we left, he asked me to take a picture of him with Kaya and to bring him a copy next time we come. I promised that I would and I know that is part of God’s plan to convict me to continue the visits. After all, a promise is a promise.


Rebecca said...

Wow, that is a wonderful ministry that your family has. My grandma was in a convalescent home for a couple months before she passed away, and the people that would come in to paint their nails or do crafts really were the highlights for many of the residents. Especially for those who had no family of their own visiting.

Even if it is just your family, I am sure the impact is great for many of the people you meet.

Oh- and the song was great. I had never heard it before. Thanks for sharing!

Heather said...

I'm in agreement with Rebecca--it's good, even if it's just your family. My family went to a nursing home every Sunday afternoon when I was a kid (probably ages 6-12 or so). We would sing some songs, my dad would read a devotional or give a little encouraging talk, and then we'd work the room. ;) Seriously, we'd walk slowly around, row by row (as the residents would set up in rows to listen to the music/devotional) and shake hands and talk to them. We had special relationships with some of them. Even our family, and 3 kids, was a blessing to them.

I'm glad you got the encouragement you needed through a song. That is a blessing!

Christy said...

What a great ministry. We have to keep doing the things God has called us to, even if it means our family does it alone. The things we consider insignficant may mean the world of difference to someone else. Thanks for the encouraging reminder.

Momwithahook said...

Michelle, what a lovely song! Thanks so much for sharing it. You have an amazing Heart. Your children are blessed to have you as their Mama. ((hugs))

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