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Christian Concourse
Newsletter of the Month

September 2014




Heavenly Father, as nursing home ministers we thank You for the blessed opportunity to minister under Your affectionate gaze to the elderly and the infirm in long-term care. Who cares more for them than You? No one, Lord. Your compassion, Your love, Your sustaining power, Your abiding tender mercies touch the most frail...the most confused...the most downcast...the most forgetful...the most pained. We give glory to Your Majestic Name as we reckon with the immensity of Your loving kindness to the humble and the hurting.

Grant to Your servants a fresh understanding of the meaning of "pure religion." We want to show our love for You and for others in practical, meaningful ways. We long to be Your ambassadors of Love and encouragement! Use us, Lord. Make us humble bearers of great blessings...fill us with Your Holy Spirit...empower us with Your long-suffering and Your meekness. Hold us close to the calling of this special ministry...keep our hearts soft to Your guiding touch and our ears open to Your gentle voice.

Dear Lord, we know there are many pitfalls in this mission field. We know the enemy does not want Your Light to brighten saddened, lonely hearts. And we know that we are, hopelessly weak, in our own strength. Please protect us from the wiles of the enemy. Go before us to prepare hearts to receive Your ministry of Christ's saving grace. Give us favor with staff, residents and family members...and give us the patience and the love and the guidance to earn that favor.

Help us, Jesus, to be sensitive to the most faint flicker of Christian faith in a resident's heart and anoint us to fan that flicker into a soul fueled with swelling hope most certain and a spirit aglow with flaming love and zeal for You! Oh, let it be, Dear God. No human breathing Your free air is too small, too insignificant, too forgotten to fall outside Your infinite interest and Your Loving Care. Flood the halls and the rooms of the facility where You have sent us with Your presence. Give us "divine appointments" every time we darken the door. Magnify Yourself, Precious Savior, in the hearts and minds of these, Your creations of Love-hungry humanity.

This is Your nursing home ministry, Father. May our hands, our feet, our mouth, all the members of our being content themselves as Your possession alone. We ask of You wisdom, understanding, and discernment in our interaction with staff, residents, family members and other volunteers. Nurture in us a mature, kind and patient attitude toward difficult personalities. Let us be peacemakers in the midst of struggles that arise. Give us strength and energy to respond generously to each request of our time and attention.

We pray that we will be mindful of our responsibilities to live our lives as ever before You, in the facility and at home when no one else is around. Convict us of sin. Protect us from pride. Show us our selfishness and sloth. Strengthen our faith in You and stiffen our faithfulness to Your call. May we rejoice together and dance among the flowers and the fruit of this mission field.

For Your Glory, Almighty King. Amen

Jerry and Dar

Jerry and Dar Johnson


Scriptures quoted from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

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