“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!” Psalm 118:24
These words can be found on one of the walls of the nursing home my mom lives in. Frankly, I am certain living in a nursing home never made my mom’s list of things she wanted to accomplish or places she’d like to live. Yet these words are a reminder that, even when we are in a place we wouldn’t choose to be, each and every day is a day that the Lord has made; each and every day we still have a choice to rejoice and be glad in it.
There is always something to be thankful for. I am thankful for the tender loving care Mom receives at Walnut Hills Nursing Home.
“Visiting” with Mom these days is difficult, Alzheimer Disease has robbed her of the ability to respond verbally. Because of this my sister and I look for creative ways to visit with her. One of my favorites is to give Mom a wheelchair ride through the halls of Walnut Hills, stopping at each wall that has WordArt and reading the verses to her.
This past week these words prompted me to start singing the song that we’d learned so many years ago. It was an echo song, the song leader would start with “This is the day” and we would respond “This is the day” going back and forth through the words of the verse until we would all sing together “This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!” finishing, once again, with the echo. While unable to respond or sing along Mom usually makes eye contact with us when we sing to her. My sister and I see it touching a place deep within her that Alzheimer Disease has not yet robbed of her.
We recognize music as a gift, a precious way to visit and communicate with Mom in this season of life.
Music is a universal language that spans the ages. It’s why we sing to babies long before they understand the words we are singing. It is why we sing as we sit by the bedside of our loved ones who can no longer respond to the very words they taught us so many years ago.
Music is a gift for the heart that I am thankful for. I’m also thankful for the Truth of God’s word. And I am ever so thankful for the creative souls who thought to combine the Truth of God’s word with the gift of music!
Yes, this is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it!