He never talks to us. In fact he never really seems to know we are there. A while ago in his rough, tired, lived a hard life voice he told us "I can't hear".
Well not being able to hear doesn't keep one from recognizing pure beauty and wanting to gaze for just a moment.
I am not sure why I am so surprised and taken aback each time - but I am. This isn't her first visit to Horizon Bay but each time someone's life is impacted by her. Someone is blessed and those showers just pour from heaven.
He stopped walking with his walker, grabbed the wooden rail and touched her feet and told me how perfect she was. He wanted to know how old she is and fortunately she is 3 months old and I could make the hand gesture.
We stood there in the hallway for several minutes - he just looked at her - just smiled - and his eyes held joy - his eyes recorded the blessing.
Earlier in that visit she had sat with her great grandfather (my dad). One of the caregivers said "I have never seen him interact this way"
Babies do that - they allow all of us to interact on a level that we don't with others - because our age doesn't hinder our desire to interact - and there's not any condition that overcomes our bodies on this earth, that can keep us from naturally gravitating towards the blessing that is showered.
The showers poured from heaven that afternoon -
"Look at those hands - you need a picture of her holding her hands."
"She's just a dumpling. Sweet dumpling. It has been so long since I have seen one that little."
"Look at those eyes, she is just beautiful."
"How old is she."
"Look at those feet."
And each time the smile on their face was complete with joy. I wish each one of the Clare Bridge family members could have seen each one with our blessing. She brought joy to their lives -
He sends the showers in all kinds of places and our blessings just continue.
Seriously if we truly wanted to improve the quality of life for our elderly (us someday) we would build daycares and retirement homes (nursing homes too) right next to each other. We would find a way for our aging communities to help us as we raise those daycare children. As for me - I am going to make myself go every week and take as many children as I can find. The joy - the interaction - the BLESSINGS are just too great to miss! Can you join me? Can you find a child to take to visit someone who is aging?
I always went to the nursing homes when I was growing up. Our church would sing at the ones in Jacksboro and then later in my life my aunt and my grandmother were both in the home in Collinsville. It doesn't bother me to visit the aging - I am guessing that is because these ones that I visit now made sure that I went when I was younger. I don't think they did that because they thought they would be there one day - they went and they took me because it made a difference for their daughter......... and the ones I visited.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.