Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tues. Valuing friends and a lifetime's experience.

We've been visiting Conway Manor, a nursing home, for 2 or 3 years now. We ostensibly visit to play Bingo but our ulterior motive is fellowship and just loving on the elderly forgotten. made some lasting friendships. The hard part, which prompted me to blog, is the losses. It always starts the same way. Someone is absent and the others say he or she "is not feeling well." After a months or 2 or 3 of bein absent we arrive to find our friend has gone on to be with the Lord. it's hard to let go when you have no closure. no one notifies us to attend the funerals, wakes , or memorial services even tho we would love to.
It's hard but it's alo worth it. We learn so much from them. And it also teaches us so much about what it will be like to be old. Sometimes it makes me afraid. But most times I pray that I can end life with at least the same joy and grace they do!

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