Some of you may have watched the “Newsnight” programme featuring Methodist Homes. It recounted the difficulties and sadness being experienced by care homes across the country during the pandemic and was an eye-opener to the challenging times they are going through.
Tomorrow, June 14th, will be MHA Sunday and it is an opportunity to remember the support that is given to over 18,500 older people through MHA’s care homes, retirement living schemes and community groups. Due to the Covid-19 crisis their memorial and remembrance service this year will be delivered “virtually” and will honour those they have lost in recent weeks. We give thanks for all the work they do, the specialist care they offer and their willing volunteers. We hold them is our prayers at this special time.
The theme for the service this year is kindness and is inspired by the Bible story of Ruth and Naomi. See Ruth chapters 1 & 2.
Thinking about this familiar story we remember the act of kindness when Naomi chose to stay with her elderly mother-in-law, Ruth, rather than return to her own family following the death of her husband. Ruth travels with Naomi, going to a foreign land, and choosing a way of life where there is no promise of a better future and she goes as far as saying to her mother-in-law;
“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” - Ruth 1:16
As this story moves on Ruth is introduced to Boaz who offers the two women security and hope and allows Ruth to glean the left over grain in his field. Ruth’s kindness to Naomi is rewarded by the kindness of Boaz.
MHA’s hope is to see people moving from loneliness into a community, receiving kindness and finding a sense of belonging in their later years.
As we think about MHA may we be a blessing to others by what we do and the kindness we are able to show to those in need.
By going to the MHA website more resources are available, a special MHA Sunday Service will be broadcast, and there is an opportunity to donate.
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.