Hello, this is Joyce McKeever with Quiet Talks on the Gospel. As the death count continues to climb with Covid, I remain distressed especially for the Seniors in nursing homes.

Hopefully they can listen to a Christian radio station for comfort. Let me tell you about one of our former Pastors who was on call at the local hospital. In the Emergency Room there was a patient who could not be consoled. She was crying. panicking and causing a great deal of disruption. Our Pastor went to her side and tried her usual calming methods until she thought of Silent Night, Holy Night, All is calm, all is bright. (The words were written by Joseph Mohr, a priest on Christmas Eve in 1818. The organist, Franz Gruber composed the tune. It was sung with guitar accompaniment that evening.) No one seemed to mind that Pastor Anita was singing a Christmas song on a warm summer night because it worked.

It calmed the troubled patient and she went to sleep.

A handful of times I have led a worship service on a Sunday morning in a nursing home. The elderly often sang along with familiar hymns as well as knew Psalm 23 and the Lord's Prayer. Most of the elderly grew up with the King James Version of the Bible. I would like to read the 23rd Psalm now.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art

with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Do you have an elderly relative or friend in the nursing home? If they have a phone in their room, would it be possible to call them and either read this Psalm to them or have it recorded on your phone and play it for them? That would be a blessing for both of you.

I want to end with a true story about sheep. When my family lived in the country, I often walked the road for exercise. At a short distance was a fenced in area with sheep and a barn. When I got close to the enclosure, all the sheep would run away toward the barn. One day I tried singing to see what would happen. To my amazement, the sheep stayed exactly where they were!

I sang the words "Bringing in the sheep" to the tune of a Christian hymn "Bringing in the Sheaves". I don't think it was because of my voice because my high school music teacher told me my voice didn't blend with anyone's. Maybe there was a radio in the barn and the sheep just liked music?

Ah, if interested, you can find the entire song by Tennessee Ernie Ford on YouTube.

Until next week, Lord willing, mind how you go . . because the Lord minds how you go. Of course He does.

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