February 2019 TG Newsletter

YOU CAN COME ONLY IF

YOU ARE AFRAID TO

That was the essence of the bulletin insert we ran for two weeks at our church a few years ago. We sought to find people with compassion for people who live in long-term care but who had never gone to visit. Thousands of neglected, even rejected, late-age elderly battle loneliness, confusion, anxiety, and depression as they wait for death.

Seven adults who dared enough and cared enough attended a Sunday afternoon ministry experience. Only 25 minutes of training and then BOOM! straight over to a nursing home where Diana had made arrangements for our group to come visit and give real ministry. The video shows clips from interviews before and after their visits. See what you think.

The video is about 6 minutes long.

 

NAME THAT INSTRUMENT

an activity of recall and perception

This activity stimulates cognition and recall and, BEST OF ALL, WE THINK, it elicits conversation. Within the population of dementia influenced women and men, our favorite sound is conversation. We like comments, questions, wild guesses, wrong answers, puzzlement, wisdom, encouragement, and we especially love it when a person who hasn't talked much talks!

Those are the sorts of things generated by this activity and our other "sounds" activities. An audio CD has a selection from each instrument. These are grouped by volume number. There are two sets of the CD cues for each volume, one in alphabetical order (as are the cards) and the other in random sequence. Because it stimulates conversation so well, it is ideal for one-to-one use. Play the alphabetical selection first. Player can cover each instrument with a chip after it is identified. Remove the chips and play same group, using the random sequence. Volume 1 includes 3 familiar singalongs; Vol 2 has 1; Vol 3 has 1. The package includes the 3 each of 3 different cards, instructions, and an audio CD. The cards are 8.5 x 11 inches, printed in bright colors on heavy (14 pt) card stock. Three people can play together. This activity fascinates everyone, including children.

Usually: $19.95 Through the end of February: $9.95

See at Store on CenterForBoldAction.org

 

REMOVING OBSTACLES TO PRAYING

For most people—well, it is for me so I hope I’m one of these mythical “mosts”—praying (1) in a disciplined way (2) on a regular basis is hard.

(1) My discipline, that is, my self-control, tends to increase as I recognize the incredible privilege of communicating with the creator of the universe. I’m quite sure that I’d respond promptly to an invitation to talk with the governor of my state or with President Trump. Yet humans, even those of us who say we take our faith’s admonitions seriously, are careless about this. Or is it just me?

(2) On a regular basis? Some years ago I ghost-wrote a book-length manuscript “autobiography” for an elderly self-made philanthropist. (It was the only time I have stooped so low. In that way.) The wealthy man instructed me that God was to receive credit for his considerable financial success. I followed instructions.

Wanting the book to emulate a godly lifestyle, as he had said was his desire, I concluded the manuscript with a few words of encouragement and the statement as if in the man’s own words, “I will pray every day that you and all readers will follow God’s principles and find great joy in fellowship with Him.”

When the man had time to read the manuscript, we met face to face in his office to discuss it. We had not even sat down when he exclaimed, “Pray every day?” His voice was loud, angry, “Every day?” He collapsed into his chair as if he had been assigned to an evil POW camp. I sat through his verbal abuse, was paid, and he had his secretary write his “autobiography.”

What Can Help You

These suggestions will help you set apart the privilege of prayer as a regular act with a special mindset helps

(1) Closing out distraction