Yesterday Warren, the boys and several others from church went Christmas Caroling to some elderly friends in three local retirement communities. Chelsea and I had to stay home because her cold was worse and we had company that did not go caroling.
It never ceases to amaze me how much there is to learn from those who are retired but have active lives and minds. This is our friend Gordon. He is building a huge telescope in his retirement apartment. It is able to be controlled from his living room while it will be sitting in a local field. He will watch it on his TV.
Isn't that crazy...but awesome?!?
This is Pastor Jack and his lovely wife Anne. He was a veterinarian for many years then God called him into the ministry. When he retired from his church in Delaware they moved to Lancaster County and have been helping in our small church ever since. Pastor Mike loves having him here. We love hearing his vet stories and asking him our sick pet questions.
This man is one of my biggest encouragers (spell check doesn't like this but that is ok because that is what I wanted to say) at church. He loves to come over when I am playing the prelude and carry on a conversation....I love it!!!! We have many a giggle over the fact that I cannot play and sing at the same time unless it is a song that I know every word to. He delights in giving me grief about this. Its the little things that make a friendship sometimes.
Anne suffers from Parkinson's and is a terrific example of joy in long suffering and perseverance. Most Sundays find her struggling in to church to enjoy the service with a smile on her face! Many healthy people just can't quite bring themselves to get out of bed.
Sometimes it just gets to be too much and little ones must sleep.
I believe that this made Bill very happy!
Another former pastor, Larry, on the left. Our retired Elder, Leonard on the right. He turns 91 today!! Happy Birthday, Leonard. Love You!!!
Our lives are made richer because of these dear people. I hope you and your family have elders to look up to and learn from.
This is a peek into a nearly 4 hour marathon caroling session that spanned 40 miles and four buildings.
Blessings on your day! Have a very Merry Christmas!