A Second Chance

My heart was burdened today as I read the brief obituary of a lady who had been at the nursing home for a little while. It was probably about a year ago she was there, recovering, and I enjoyed interacting with her. There were opportunities I took to share the Lord Jesus with her. She softened as the weeks went by (even being interested in/accepting a Bible!), but I don’t think she came to church (if she did, it would have only been a time or so), and she stayed firm in her false religion. Christopher and I visited her in ICU when she had a septic infection. Oh, it was sad. A woman who desperately needed Jesus, but who wouldn’t give her life to Him, and she was sad and despondent. I think she allowed us to pray with her, although I’m not positive on that. After her hospital stay, she must have gone to another care place or home.

The Lord gave her a second chance to accept Him. Now, she has slipped into Eternity. From all I knew of her, it is a hopeless Eternity without the Lord Jesus. Yet, could it be that maybe, just maybe, in her last days, she repented and turned to Jesus. I’ll never know until Heaven.

Ministering at the nursing home gives us opportunities to share Jesus. It may be the last time they hear about Jesus, but the Lord is giving them another chance.


“… and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14).

4 thoughts on “A Second Chance”

  1. I am so encouraged by your post! Thank you. The grace your family has to lift up Jesus is wonderful.

  2. Thank you for loving her. Thank you for showing up for her. Thank you for showing all those around her how to love and just be love. May she have whispered into the quietness of her final hours, “Oh Savior of Christopher and Sarah, be my Savior too. ‘I believe; help my unbelief.'” [Mark 9:24]

  3. What a marvelous testimony! I find it interesting when you share Christ that sometimes the person is ready to recieve Him and others want nothing to do with it! I am so glad that you have that calling to touch the elderly in a way other families can not! 🙂
    Actually, every family can. It is one of the most accessible family ministries any family can have.

    In Christ Jesus,


  4. This is a wonderful testimony to us all.. our church goes to the local nursing home, but not often enough.. my heart is also burdened for the many widows there and some men too, who don’t know Jesus.. the few times we have gone, it’s been so precious to share the love of the Lord with these souls, and for those who are in Christ, it cheers them up to receive the fellowship and love!

    God bless your family for what you are doing!

    In Christ alone,
    gloria in Missouri

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