I teach a Bible class at a local nursing home. At first, the many interruptions made it difficult for me to stay focused on my lesson.
Today, a lady blurted out that she would like a cup of coffee. I stopped my lesson and explained that coffee would be served again at lunch, which would be very soon.
Another lady’s shoe had fallen off and she was feebly trying to put it back on her foot. I assisted her, but didn’t have to stop speaking.
I was back on track and talking about a Bible verse when I was called to one of the tables. The lady wanted to know if my teeth were false. I said no, which satisfied her, and then I returned to the Bible lesson.
Yes! The interruptions are distracting.
YES! Some in my class go to sleep.
YES! It is worth the effort of stepping over all the stumbling blocks.
What About Alzheimer Patients?
Let me share a beautiful story about Joy, an Alzheimer patient. This lovely lady walked around and often strolled through my Bible class. One day after the class had ended, Joy entered and asked Mary, who still had her Bible lesson on the table, what we were doing with all the colored papers.
FYI: I always print the Bible verse in very large font on brightly colored paper.
Mary explained that we were studying John 3:16, and then she read the verse to Joy. Mary asked Joy if she remembered studying the verse in Sunday School when she was a kid.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”
Yes, Joy remembered Sunday School and the Bible verse. One memory sparked another and soon the ladies were chatting about old sayings, such as “Scarce as hen’s teeth” and “Once on a blue moon.”
Songs came next with “Mares Eat Oats” and “Dance with a Dolly With a Hole in Her Stocking.”
It was such a beautiful time of sharing, but soon Joy’s eyes let us know that the real Joy was gone-FOR NOW.
How blessed we were by Joy’s presence even though it was too short.
God had used Mary to feed Joy’s Spirit nature.
I remind my Bible class often that God is still using us, and that we will never be too old or too feeble to be useful to God. The exchange of God’s Word and child hood memories was spiritual food not only for Mary and Joy, but everyone who witnesses the event. Now you can be blessed as well.
Even if I never see any positive results, God promises that His Word always serves His purpose.
I just need to present God’s Word and God takes care of the rest.
This promise from God is found in Isaiah 55:10-11
10″For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.