Shining Light to Seniors


Elaine stopped me after the meeting and asked if she could talk to me; I think it was only her second time there. Most of the folk had made their way out of the dining room already, so we were able to talk in a quiet environment as we sat down at one of the tables.

Right away she told me that she had not been feeling well. I asked what the problem was. "I'm not sure," she replied, "I just feel weak and...I just don't feel right." I asked more questions and wanted to know, too, if she had plans to go to the doctor, to which she replied that, yes, she would be seeing him.

I told her, "I'm going to pray for you right now, okay?" Facing her, I wrapped my arms around her neck and prayed for her physical health. All the while I was praying--and during our initial chat--I was aware that this was an opportunity to talk to her about the Lord and find out where she stood.

Nearly always, I ask the folk about eternity and point the conversation in the direction of salvation and the cross, etc. I asked her if she thought she would go to heaven if something happened to her. She responded by telling me what religion she had been her whole life.

From there, I was able to share the gospel with her. She listened intently; they all do! Little by little the Bible plan was unfolded to her and she heard about God's promise of eternal life to anyone who put their trust in Jesus as Savior to forgive their sin and enter their life as Lord.

By the time we were finished, Elaine had prayed a simple prayer of faith in Jesus Christ! I was pretty excited. I went over it all again so that she could go away sure in her heart that God keeps His promises and that she was now saved!

I left with ideas forming in my head about things I could bring to her the next week, things to read that would help stabilize her in her new relationship with God.

The next time I went back to that home--two weeks later--I was greeted at the door by someone telling me that Elaine had died! I stood motionless for a few moments while the reality of the whole story hit me. I am always overwhelmed when these things happen. It is all about eternity and the word "everlasting."

Elaine had passed from death to life two weeks before. That is big. 

What an honor to share such crucial news with the elderly!