Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Staying Connected
January 24 – January 30
Scripture Passage: “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows.”    Luke 12: 6-7
Dear Friends,
     Today has been one of those good days because I have spent most of it visiting people from our church. It has also been a sad day because I have visited some of our forgotten saints. Most of their immediate family is deceased or live away from here. If they have a child, niece or nephew they rarely or never visit. The people from church have never met them, forgotten them, or think they are dead. Nursing home staff take care of their physical conditions, but rarely give the personal touch of treating them like family. When I walk in I never know what I am going to encounter. Sometimes they recognize me, sometimes they do not. Sometimes they carry on an intelligent conversation and other times I cannot understand a thing they try to say. Sometimes the only acknowledgement is the look in their eyes. Some have their mind, others have their health, no one has both. It is sad because it appears they have already passed away even though they are physically alive. It is emotionally challenging to those who love and are responsible for their care. Every time they do make a visit it is like going through a time of death all over again. Feelings of helplessness and sadness permeate our minds as we travel back to our homes. We tell ourselves that we ought to visit more, only to be reminded that we cannot stand to see them this way. So we feel bad about the shape they are in and sad to see them that way, or guilty for not going when they come to mind. The question is are they forgotten or ignored? Do we visit and care out of love, or do we stay away out of pity for ourselves? I just hope if I ever get in that kind of shape, someone will care enough to come see me. 
     Scripture reminds us that they are never truly forgotten. We may not visit like we should, but God never forgets and has promised to never leave them. There is an unseen presence and a shadow of his wings even when our mortal eyes fail to see them. The quality of their existence may not be what it once was, but their quality of life and value has not diminished in the eyes of the Father. There is sanctity in human life even when our usefulness has abated. So what do we do? Do we use God’s love for them as an excuse to do nothing ourselves? Do we ease our guilty conscience with the acknowledgement that they have a good place to sleep and they are being fed regularly? Does the knowledge that their medical and physical needs are being met replace the fact that their spiritual and emotional needs are not? Here is what I ask you to do – put yourself in their shoes. What would you want? What would you need? What would you like even if you were not able to acknowledge it? Would you like to hear the sound of someone’s voice and to be told about what your friends are doing and how their families are? Would it mean something to you to know that you had not been forgotten? Finally, remember Jesus’ admonition to us. “When you have done it to the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”    Sometimes the best reward for faithfulness is the joy in our hearts because we know we have done the right thing. Let the love you have in your heart for Jesus spill out on someone today.
In Christ,
Pastor Johnny