Tuesday, March 25, 2008
On Sunday, our little church went to three nursing/care homes in Ojai to sing Easter hymns to the seniors. We did this at Christmas-time, and decided we'd like to do it more than just once a year. So, a handful of us gathered in the dining halls or individual rooms at the care homes, and sang four songs: Amazing Grace, Christ Arose, Old Rugged Cross & Because He Lives. The seniors loved to hear the old familiar hymns, and as I sang lines like "I'll fight life's final war with pain," and "He'll call me someday to my home far away," I couldn't help but think about how close to home those words must be for those to whom we were singing.
It was fun watching the children (Amber, Autumn, Sage & Aspen) interact with the residents. The kids had no inhibitions. They had no fears. They had no problem just walking up to an elderly person and giving them a hug and a flower and saying, "Happy Easter." They were perhaps far-more outgoing than the rest of us! One particular scene will stay in my mind forever: Amber letting a dear old lady hold her hand through two or three songs. The lady just stroked Amber's hand and Amber didn't try to wiggle herself away. I learned a lot from those children Sunday... a lot about compassion, freedom and selflessness.