Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?'
And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' Matthew 25:37-40 (ESV)
Seniors who seek to follow in Jesus's footsteps don't have to look very far for guidance in how to serve others around them. The Gospels are filled with examples of Jesus tenderly ministering to those in need.
Reaching out to our local community is one of the greatest responsibilities and joys that we have as Christians. At The Gardens at Barry Road, it's a central part of our mission, and we are delighted when our residents join together with us in the field.
With their lifetime of knowledge and experience, seniors have a unique chance to make a difference in their community. If our residents would like to get started but aren't certain how, here is a list of potential ways they can be active in their community today.
Seniors with sewing skills have a wide variety of options to choose from when considering how to help those around them.
Local churches and community theaters often need costumes or choir robes sewn or altered, and the internet is filled with resources and information regarding charities such as Quilts of Valor or Enchanted Makeovers, which accepts sewn and no-sew dolls, capes and patches for children in shelters.
Those with carpentry experience are a welcome addition to crews building wheelchair ramps for veterans and low-income seniors or when working on homes through Habitat for Humanity.
Woodworkers can also make wooden toys for children or construct birdhouses for schools, churches and parks.
Jesus calls us to share what we have with those who have nothing (Luke 3:11). Seniors who want to help one of the food pantries around Kansas City don't have to wait for a holiday drive to give. Starting their own drive can be as simple as asking their neighbors to join them in donating a few canned goods or unused shirts and seeing what God provides.
Seniors who love sending greeting cards can look into helping with the card ministry at their home church or starting one here in The Gardens at Barry Road. The act of sending a card may seem simple, but ensuring that individuals feel cherished and remembered can do wonders to brighten their day and lift their spirits. While this is especially true on their birthday or when they are sick, it can be just as important during day-to-day life.
Similarly, keeping a prayer list lets a senior help others know they aren't alone when they're experiencing hardships. Even if seniors struggle with mobility or health issues themselves, committing to pray each day can let them continue to serve and make a difference in the lives of others.
Posted on Tue, June 11, 2019
by Shawn Deane