Memories of My Loving Dad…
Father’s Day Memories, an Exercise of Love
When you think of your dad many memories will come to mind. If you are fortunate, you were raised by two loving parents who taught you love and life from the best forum of a healthy family. Oh, I didn’t say perfect, but in watching your parents we learn to do it better and learn true love.
Being a Father isn’t hard, any male can do it BUT being a Dad is one of the greatest roles one can have in life. In a small way, it resembles the God Father role. The God of Creation, who loves us into life. The God who encourages us in the use of our God given gifts and teaches us how to succeed and if he is wise, he teaches us how to fail. In our failures we learn how to do it better and eventually how to do it right.
As we age, we have the time to think back on our families. If you are lucky you may even remember in color, something fun to think about. It’s a great head and heart exercise.
I ask you to think of your dad. Go back in your memories to remember some of the scenes of your life. The lessons you’ve been taught by your dad, forgiving each other when things were not perfect. Think about how you love each other anyway. Close your eyes and enjoy your trip…
Today, I am writing in tribute to the mother of one of our own team members. Please know when any of you are going through trials, you can ask for pray. As part of the Martha’s Hands family, we will lift you up in prayer
Recently, when I was told her mother was very ill and near death. I asked how I could help. I realized the best thing I could do is pray, to pray for her that our God would lift her up during this time and carry her through these hours. I asked that He would walk with the family during this time. He is calling yet our God asks us to be patient as we offer Him all the pain and sorrow, all the good times and bad all being offered as gift to our Creator who created us loves us into being, teaches us to love through the example of our Savior and later calls us home. I offered special prayers for her and her family that they may be consoled from their loss. She lived a good life, she ran the race, fought the good fight and remained faithful in loving her God and Savior.
The following is the prayer I wrote for her and her mom.
“Come Lord, Jesus, our Savior and our hope.
Dear Lord, we love You, we praise You and we thank You for all You are in our lives. We ask You to wrap her and her family in Your loving arms, grant us Your love and mercy. May You relieve her of any pain and sorrow. Protect her from all harm. Forgive her and us for all the times we’ve fallen short of your love. May she find rest in your kingdom for all times, where she will stand with all her family, her mom & dad, etc. who have gone ahead, Your Blessed Mother, Mary, and all the angels and Saints.
Lord, We offer you our lives, our thoughts, words, and deeds. We ask only for you love and your mercy.
For the sake of your sorrowful passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen”
As Children of God, we may call upon our Creator and ask blessings for each other.
May you all be blessed,
And the Martha’s Hands Staff
Martha Remembers Memorial Day
Did you know the history of Memorial Day? Memorial Day, a Federal Holiday, is celebrated the last Monday of each May to honor the men and women who died while serving in the military.
The custom of honoring ancestors by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition, but the specific origin of Decoration Day, as it was first known, are unclear.
In early rural America, this duty was usually performed in late summer and was an occasion for family reunions and picnics. After the Civil War, America’s need for a patriotic ceremony to honor its military dead became prominent, as monuments to fallen soldiers were erected and dedicated, and ceremonies centering on the decoration of soldiers’ graves were held in towns and cities throughout the nation.
After World War I, the day expanded to honor those who have died in all America wars.
Earlier, at least, 25 places had been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, and states observed the holiday on different dates. In 1971, Memorial Day became a national holiday by an act of Congress; it is now celebrated on the last Monday in May.
Many times our Scouts, church and/or members work as Teams to clean up the cemeteries, march in parades, and join in other activities to honor our Service Men and Women and fly the flag of our dear country America. If you are able, volunteer with them.
Since it all started with the Civil War, you might want to brush up on your knowledge of this event by visiting the Library of Congress Civil War collection, It includes more than a thousand photographs.
May we always remember those who fought and those who have died in the service to our country.
We thank them and their families for their tremendous sacrifice. God bless them for their gift of service to our country. They were willing to offer the ultimate sacrifice…their lives in service and love.
May God continue to bless America and may we strive to be worthy.
Signs your loved one needs us.
• Scorch marks on the pots and pans (the stove may be left unattended or forgotten)
• Changes in appearance including poor hygiene, an unkempt look, stained clothing
• Lack of interest in seeing friends or attending usual groups or clubs. Seeming more socially isolated.
• Decrease in attention span; not reading the newspaper and no interest in current events
• Unopened mail; unpaid bills.
• Limited or no food in the fridge; or out of date food in the fridge
• Confusion about medication
• Unexplained dents or scratches in the car.
The Gift of Aging.
Did you know, the Gift of Aging is a special gift not given to everyone? Anyone over 65 or so has already received the gift of Age. Worldwide, the average life expectancy at birth was 71.0 years (68.5 years for males and 73.5 years for females) over the period 2010–2013 according to United Nations World Population Prospects 2012 Revision.
So Celebrate your gift of Aging, enjoy being honored for your wisdom, knowledge, and love that you bear of family and of God.
If you have a parent who has that gift, evaluate how you can honor your parent. How you can help them keep safe and well. Help them celebrate that gift as they enjoy each stage of life! And you do the same too!
We are seeking an evening RN or LPN to work for us We have a client who needs your help in the Fenton area. Please visit our website to apply online or come to our office to get started with the application process. http://www.marthashands.com
Every 2 weeks our staff nominates a few caregivers for an Angel Award. The Angel Award recognizes those who have exhibited ” Love through service” towards our clients and each other. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our mission. This weeks winners are Sachiko M. Marie G. and Vernada H. Thank you for being Martha’s Hands Angels.
When you wake in the morning, pray to God, thank Him for your life, and ask for His guidance throughout the day according to His purpose. It’s called a ‘Morning Offering’. Remember, you are a temple of the Holy Spirit ! So take care…
Take a 10-30 min walk every day and while you walk ..SMILE…It’s the ultimate anti-depressant.
Sit in silence for 10 min a day…..You can hear God’s voice so much better.
Each night before you go to bed, thank God for what He has accomplished in your life. Ask forgiveness for anyone you have injured or any shortcomings in you. Recom-mit to serving God with love. May all you do give God glory, honor and praise.
God ‘s blessings to you and your family. Andrew & Denise, Dennis. & Mary, and John