A Bright Spot in Their Day

Our family took Tuesday to drive up to Omaha to visit Gram, Daddy’s mom, who lives in an assisted living facility. We planned to play/sing for the people there right after lunch. We were happy to take Uriah out, after being home for a few weeks ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Right after lunch, Dad suggested some of the family get their instruments out and start playing them, and maybe the elderly would stay around. So, the children set to work, tuning up and preparing. You would think from this picture we were getting ready for a patriotic program, but we weren't :-). That was just where Anna happened to be when I took the picture.
Anna

Right after lunch, Dad suggested some of the family get their instruments out and start playing them, and maybe the elderly would stay around. So, the children set to work, tuning up and preparing.

Tuning up! That duct tape you see is to hold the strap on. Apparently the peg came out, and this is the most efficient way to keep it on!
Tuning up! That duct tape you see is to hold the strap on. Apparently the peg came out, and this is the most efficient way to keep it on!
An elderly man enjoying the music!
An elderly man enjoying the music!
Singing!
Singing!
A side shot. We all wore denim shirts, and we got pretty hot. You begin to wonder if it is just YOU overheating, until one of the boys mentioned that it was 77 in the room. That is right, elderly like it warm :-) .
A side shot. We all wore denim shirts, and we got pretty hot. You begin to wonder if it is just YOU overheating, until one of the boys quietly mentions that it is 77 in the room. That's right, elderly like it warm ๐Ÿ™‚ .
The children sang One Day at a Time and Because He Lives, two songs they have done for dear friends funerals. Daddy is sitting in front with Gram, who was very glad we were there doing music!
The children sang One Day at a Time and Because He Lives, two songs they have done for dear friends' funerals. Daddy is sitting in front with Gram, who was very glad we were there doing music!
Several of the girls who helped there took time to sit and listen.
Several of the girls who helped there took time to sit and listen.
Jesse playing his hammer dulcimer.
Jesse playing his hammer dulcimer.
What a delight to bring joy to their lives!
What a delight to bring joy to their lives!
Afterward, Christopher talked to a man who had driven Greyhoud buses for 57 years--wow!
Afterward, Christopher talked to a man who had driven Greyhound buses for 57 years--wow!

What a joy it is to bring joy ๐Ÿ™‚ . Truly, our hearts were blessed. It’s only three hours to Omaha, so we made the trip just a day trip, and we were back to normal things again on Wednesday.

Sarah for the rest

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

7 thoughts on “A Bright Spot in Their Day”

  1. You are blessed to know and have your grandparents around. By the time I was born 3 of my grandparents have been gone. We had 1 left but when we came here she was left behind with our relatives (It is much much warmer where we came from…and she was well taken care of…it will be harder for her to adapt living here due to the weather and lifestyle). Growing up I don’t know my grandparents even though my grandmom remembers me I don’t remember her unless I see her pictures.

    Looking at these pictures put a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing.

  2. It is such a joy to sing to the elderly! My family has been doing some nursing home ministry singing now for a few years and we love it! Yes, nursing homes are VERY warm! My family always wears short sleeves, even in winter! =:) That is great that you were able to be a blessings not only to your grandmother, but to the other residents and the workers!

    Blessings!
    ~Rachel~

  3. Oh what JOY I’m sure you all brought to those precious folks! I have always had a heart for elderly in nursing homes. My sweet Mom was in one when she went to Heaven, and the residents in that facility were always so appreciative of anything that was done for them (small gifts, visits, music, etc.). Thank you for sharing about your visit.
    Blessings, Patti

  4. you truely are a gift and a blessing. it’s wonderful that you could all take a day and do this trip as a family. my dad was in a nursing home off and on during the last two years of his life, and my mom was there several times every day and would often play the piano in the afternoons. the men and women just loved her to play the old hymns, which is what she loves to play. seeing your pictures brings back fond memories of listening to mom play at the home and smiles it brought to many faces.

    blessings

  5. What a blessing to be able to minister to the elderly!
    They often times get forgotten and it is so sad. It is so important to remember them & spend time with them. They have so much that they can teach us.
    Thank you for taking time to minister to them and to remind us of how important it is to remember the elderly. ๐Ÿ™‚ We hope to take the kids to some local nursing homes soon to visit and minister. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Blessings,
    Vania

  6. This is so wonderful that you minister to the elderly. I am a Music Therapist and I work with the elderly. Music is truly a healing force that our Lord has given us. I know first hand, having worked with the elderly for many years, that your visits mean so much to the people you visit. Keep up the good work. Blessings to you as you bless our senior folk. Jesus is surely happy.

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