The first time I ever went into a nursing home I believe I was twelve years old. After visiting with loved ones in Ames Iowa my family and I chose to make a trip down to a little town named Adair where a great aunt resided. She was in her eighties and was no longer able to care for herself. We all know people in our lives who are at that age where independent living is no longer a possibility. This reality is no doubt a frustration for those who find themselves in such a state but yet many realize that it is the best thing for them.
A Sunday School class here at FCC Hematite was discussing what the church’s responsibility was in caring for widows and orphans and the conversation was based upon 1 Timothy 5, specifically 1 Timothy 5:8. It reads: “if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than the unbeliever.”
The conversation that I was fortunate enough to sit in on make me think, “Is the church as whole doing enough to care for the elderly?”. I tend to wonder. My own denomination owns care facilities where those who need such assistance are provided for and cared for. Yet are we as Christians individually taking the time to reach out to those in our own church families who live in nursing homes? So many are forgotten or ignored and that is unfortunate. God asks us to care for those who unable to care for themselves any more. Lets not forget them. Praise the Lord!