(the Best of) A Year of Being Kind, Wednesday, August 23, 2017
I am going to play at this particular retirement home on Friday. Again. I love to do this! It’s my opportunity to use my fingers to serve God, the way that I used to. When I was in my 20’s and 30’s. Yes, I often played the piano for people. (And led singing, and directed/led/produced Sunday school programs, as well as any number of other church leadership roles in church, before entering seminary at 40.) This way of helping and being kind? It’s one of the first ways I realized I could serve God, as a teenager. God bless these seniors at the retirement home.
Helping? Playing for a Hymn Sing! (#BestOf)
Posted on August 22, 2014 by chaplaineliza
A Year of Being Kind blog – Thursday, August 21, 2014
Helping? Playing for a Hymn Sing!
Nothing like a good, old-fashioned hymn sing! That’s where I was, this afternoon. I played for a group of seniors at a retirement center where I used to preach, once a month. (That was before I had this position as pastor at the church where I am, now.) I am so grateful that I am able to help out, doing what I could. Giving enjoyment, providing music.
It warmed my heart to see so many of the seniors. I remember them from when I used to come and preach, lead worship, and sometimes play the piano, too. I really enjoyed playing for them, too—both then and now. And, there are additional seniors at the facility, too. So many, so sweet. And several came up to me and thanked me afterwards. One even said, “This is my most favorite thing to do, having a hymn sing. Thank you so much for playing for us.” That warmed my heart, and brought tears to my eyes, too.
Of course, I enjoyed seeing my friend, Chaplain Sarah. She and I had a short while to talk afterwards, as well.
I know I’ve spoken about this recently, but I’ll say it again. I am trying to follow the suggestions made in Micah 6:8 this month, in August. “Live justly, love mercy, walk humbly with our God.” I think being of service to these dear seniors certainly qualifies. I try to be humble and teachable, when I come to this retirement facility. I know that residents can often teach me things I just do not expect. And if I didn’t have my eyes open? Receptive? I would miss these lessons. Usually soft-key, gentle lessons. But other times? The lessons can be more serious, more sobering, too.
Next week, I am going to another (larger) senior facility, to lead a midweek service. At this facility, too, I can learn so much from the dear seniors in residence. I try to be humble, try to listen, and try to minister with my heart and hands open. Yes, the words of Micah 6:8 are worthwhile for me to consider—not just today, not just in the month of August. But, every month of the year. I need to continue to actively look for ways to be of service. Ways to love mercy, and ways to walk humbly with the one who loved me so much, God gave me things to do. Business to take care of.
God, I wonder what You’ll have for me to do, tomorrow?
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