By: Ted Camp, Silent Word Ministries
In my early
ministry as a local pastor, I often preached on Sunday afternoon at the Sand
Mountain Nursing Home in Trenton. I still have memories of those meetings. On
Sunday as I arrived I noticed that many would be gathered around the front
door. When I entered, I greeted each one and then visited the rooms to invite
others to the meeting. It seemed everyone was glad to see me.
We would gather
in a large front room for some singing and a short message. Some sat on chairs,
but most were in wheelchairs. They especially enjoyed it when the children from
our church sang and shook hands with them. When it was over, they all told me
that they enjoyed the service.
As I left, they
again gathered at the front door. I asked a nurse “Is it this way every
“It is this way every weekend because each one is looking for, expecting, and
hoping that a “certain” someone will visit them today.”
I noticed that
when it was not that “certain” someone that they bowed their heads and “sighed”
in disappointment. They were glad to see me, but I learned that no one could
take the place of that “certain” someone they were expecting.
I was told that
daily some would sit, wait, look, and anticipate with expectations that
“Perhaps he will come today.”
Finally, as the
day ends, they sadly return to their rooms. They lie in bed and then think with
expectation, “Maybe tomorrow!”
Let me pause to
encourage you who have loved ones in nursing homes that you and your presence
is more important to them than anything you have. Don’t forget or neglect them.
It could be that you are that “certain” someone they desire to see coming
through that open door. You will never regret being “there” for them!
As I had these
thoughts I am reminded that as Christians we also should be longing and looking
for that “certain” someone who will one day come through an open door in
Heaven. “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great
God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
Each day we
should look with expectation for His coming, “Perhaps Today!” “After this, I
looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice...come up
hither.” (Revelation 4:1). “Perhaps Today!”
Then as the day
ends, we should think, “Maybe tomorrow!” One day that “certain” Someone will
come as He has promised. Are you ready? “Perhaps Today!” Even so Lord, come
These Are Words
Ted Camp is director of Silent Word
Ministries, a worldwide ministry based in Trenton. E-mail him at TC@silentword.org.