By Michael Tidwell
Last week, we took the young people from church to the nursing home to sing. It was such a blessing to bring a smile to the face of those who our society often forgets, the elderly. As we sung songs such as, "Amazing Grace," "At the Cross," "Give Me that Old Time Religion," I noticed one old black lady sitting at the front table. She was about six feet from us. As we sang, she would sing with us, waving her hands back and forth. From time to time she would look directly at us. She definitely was enjoying herself. I later found out that she had been a choir director when she was young. When she was young, maybe she never gave much thought that one day she would be old, wheelchair bound and living in a nursing home. If time stands, we all will go that way. Youth is a beautiful season that is often hurried through by our impatience as we chase dreams and desires that will only leave us empty. I am sure if we asked each of those elderly people what brought their life the most satisfaction, it would not be the house they lived in nor the car that they drove. Their answer would probably be the moments that they spent serving and loving God and others. Enjoy this day that God has made and do not waste it chasing after vapors of air. It will pass. As we left the nursing home, the little old black lady stopped singing and waving her hands. She had once again led another choir.
Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; Ecclesiastes 12:1
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24
Michael and his wife Crista, are blessed to have three beautiful children (Noah, Gracie, Luke). They live in the middle TN area and attend Eagle Christian church. He counts it a honor to be involved with Eagle’s View, BYC and serving as a evangelist. They enjoy being outdoors, traveling and above all serving the Lord.