A Reflection on a New Call to Ministry by the Aging, by Sister Dolores (Dolly) Glick, MHSH
Aware seniors can see the world and others through the eyes of one who is aging. They are more sensitive to the needs of others and can reach out to their fellow seniors offering the many gifts they still have to share. Those of us who live in senior facilities see the opportunities for ministry—they exist all around us! And they all begin with just being present to the other.
Just now, I look around and can see calls to ministry that require nothing more—or less—than simply caring. Among them:
Visiting with someone preparing for surgery
Giving a wheelchair ride to someone unable to leave her room
Reminiscing with people about their good memories and those they have loved
Helping others to see the joys and blessings of aging
Being sensitive to inner, unspoken wounds
Bringing compassionate presence to the brokenhearted and despondent
Lending a listening ear
Telephoning someone you think may be lonely
Visiting those in hospice or nursing care units
What are the joys and blessings of your ministry? Become aware of the ways in which you can reach out to others.
May we live each day as fully as we can knowing that God’s grace will provide all the help and guidance that we need.