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How I Minister to People With Memory Loss

Pastor Nick Hood3

How I Minister to People With Memory Loss

A significant part of my ministry has been to people who suffer with memory loss.  Often, these people live alone.  Sometimes, they may live with a spouse or a family member.  The main thing I try to do is to engage them in conversation.  This can be a challenge because sometimes they may not know how I am.  The first thing I do is to introduce myself.  Often that is enough to begin a dialoge.  One thing I try not to do is to ask the person if they know who I am.  They may be a little dis-settled and asking them what should be an obvious question may be embarrassing.

Another technique I employ is to ask them to describe who are the persons in photos that are in plain view.  Sometimes that simple question is enough to snap them into a conversational mode.

A third level of conversation starts with the few things I may already know about them.  If they are members of the church, I sometimes will ask them to tell me when they joined the church and what activites they involved themselves over the years.  I may ask them about their spouse, if they had one.  Children and work are also great conversation starters.

Pastorally, I do not have much time to spend with any one sick person, but I try to do my best.  My suggestion to family members living with a loved one who is at some stage of memory loss are the following:

  1. Love your family member / friend.
  2. Do something physical with them, like taking them somewhere that might trigger positive thoughts and memories that are pleasurable
  3. Invite them to join you for a walk
  4. If they are strong enough, invite them to go bowling or bike riding.
  5. Invite them to go grocery shopping or perhaps a movie.
  6. Use your imagination to engage them in something other than sitting alone
  7. Play music and movies that they might like
  8. Ask them to sing songs you think they might know
  9. Lead them in singing simple songs that you know.
  10. Invite them to play simple games with you
  11. Pray with them in a simple manner
  12. Use your imagination
  13. Refrain from asking them if they know who you are.

These are suggestions of ways to minister to a family member or friend who is showing signs of memory loss.  Above all, if we are patient and kind in how we minister to people who are experiencing memory loss, they most likely will feel better and appreciate what you are doing.  Sometimes, our best is not enough to snap a person’s memory back.  When the memory loss is severe, they may not even know who we are.  To me, this is one of the greatest challenges – to love a person who does not remember you, may be mean to you, and may be dangerous to themselves.  In all cases, I encourage you to love without failing and never cease to try to make your loved ones comfortable and at ease.  Blessings,

Nick

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your thoughts about ministering to those who experience memory loss?
  2. What is most difficult about interacting with people who have memory loss?
  3. What is most meaningful about ministering to a person who suffers from memory loss?

4. Other thoughts on this subject?

Prayer:  God, push me in love, that I might reach out in love to those who are struggling to remember .  Grant me the right words, the right actions, the right spirit to give back to those with dementia and Altzimers Disease.  Grant me your patience.  Grant me kindness.  Grant me the capacity to love without condition.  Lord, I need your encouragement.  Lord, I need your direction.  Lord, I need your peace.  Lord, I need your love.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3                                                                                

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Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

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New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, 1st Samuel, 2 Samuel, Proverbs, the Gospel of John, Acts of the Apostles, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Colossians, Titus, Revelation and more as well as Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

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Thank you,

Nick

Prayer for Those Who Protect Provide and Care for Others

Pastor Nick Hood3

Lord, grant us strength as we provide and protect others.  Grant us the means to provide.  Make us strong as we protect the interest of those who are weak and vulnerable.  Shield us from diversions and distractions that  would cause us to lose focus, waste time, and lack the ability to reach our maximum capability.  Lord, keep us healthy.  Lord, cover us with positive thoughts, positive responses and reactions, and positive energy as we care for the weak and infirmed.  Teach us to care and love without looking down on others.  Even in our care, grant uis the ability to speak and act with respect, care, attention and love.  In Jesus name we pray.  Amen.

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your thoughts about this prayer?
  2. Have you ever cared for someone who required a lot of attention?
  3. How do you balance care with respect for the person you are assisting?

Other thoughts about this prayer?

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3                                                                                

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Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – You Tube Spiritual Videos at Rev Nicholas Hood and on Facebook

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, 1st Samuel, 2 Samuel, Proverbs, the Gospel of John, Acts of the Apostles, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Colossians, Titus, Revelation and more as well as Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

Also, on Google Podcasts at Nicholas Hood3

Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

Thank you,

Nick

Standing in the Gap –

Pastor Nick Hood3

I invite you to worship with me today at 8:30 AM EST where I will be preaching about the call of Isaiah and how God calls each of us to “Stand in the Gap” and fill the void in our family life, city, nation and world.

Pastor Nick Hood with an invitation to join me in worship at 8:30 AM EST today

Standing in the Gap

Isaiah 6: Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

  1. My sermon today is about, “Standing in the Gap”
  2. The “Gap” is the space between where you are and where you want to be”
  3. In football, the gap is often referred to as a “hole” between linemen
  4. In baseball, it is the space between 1st and 2nd base, 2nd and 3rd base
  5. In every family, there are times when there is a gap:
  6. The child who needs more help
  7. The mother or father with dementia
  8. Not enough money to pay the bills
  9. The parent who is overwhelmed
  10. Not enough money to purchase a house
  11. Every church at some point will suffer a “Gap” in leadership
  12. The pandemic has caused a gap in revenue for many churches – including our own!
  13. In the financial world it is the difference between cash on hand and what is needed to complete a deal
  14. Gap insurance when financing a car allows for the loan to be paid off if the purchaser dies
  15. The difference between success and failure is the ability to close the deal
  16. Closing the gap is not just financial, sometimes it boils down to protecting your house…
  17. Story of the woman who bought a guard dog and a parrot…
  18. The call of Isaiah happened during a “Gap” in the faith of the people of Israel

-Isaiah lived around 680 BC

-Let me give you a glimpse of the spiritual, social and political time of Isaiah…(Tell the story)

  1. I want you to walk with me while I break down the call of Isaiah
  2. The call of Isaiah begins with the death of king Uzziah
  3. Uzzia became King at 16 and reigned for 52 years
  4. Sometimes in life it takes the death of a great person to open our eyes and see God more clearly
  5. The religion of the Jewish people had a lot of competition from foreign gods
  6. In like manner, there is a lot of competition for our time, space and money!
  1. It was God who called upon Isaiah to “stand in the gap”
  2. Let me explain what I mean by “Standing in the Gap”
  3. The “Gap” is the space between the expectation of God and the distance between how far we are from God
  4. The Jewish people during the time of Isaiah were confused by the dominate military power of Babylon and Assyria and the gods that they worshiped
  5. In our world there are times when we have a similar confusion
  6. Sometimes we are confused by the gods of desire of material things
  7. In my opinion our nation is facing the greatest crises since the Civil War
  8. This crises is a “Gap” between what we are as a nation, and what it is we can and should be!
  9. The struggle today is a struggle for what the nation will be and the struggle for truth as we attempt the wrongs of slavery and inequality.

-I have never been more hopefully for this nation than the “Black Lives Matter” protests that have brought together young white persons who have publicly wanted to “Align” with the black protest for justice

-While the nation is divided on how it imagines a new world order, America must wrestle with the uncomfortable and awkward assessment of our shameful past…

  • There is a embarrassed chorus of people from the former president on down who are rising together with a unified chant that they do not like and will not support “Critical Race Theory…”

-You and I have a choice:

-Either sit still in a shameful silence,

-Or, we make a decision to “Stand in the God”

  • I believe God is looking for someone to stand in the gap…
  • The question is, where will you be and what will you do?
  • Will you stand in the gap, or will you run like a dog chasing a bone?
  • Will you stand in the gap for truth and justice,
  • Or will you wilter like a marigold in heat?
  • Will you stand in the gap for the children in your family and the children in your neighborhood,
  • Or will you turn a blind eye and pretend you do not see?
  • Who will stand in the gap and challenge school systems and governments to tell the truth about slavery
  • Tell the truth about segregation
  • Tell the truth about the systematic shut out of black people  from housing, banking, education, and business opportunity
  • My question to you is this:  How long will you sit still?
  • How long will you keep your mouth shut?
  • How long will you look the other way?
  • How long will you pretend the inequalities do not exist?
  • I do not know about you, but I have made a commitment to Jesus Christ to “Stand in the Gap”
  • I want to stand up for peace
  • Stand for justice
  • Stand for truth
  • Stand for what is right
  • Stand against for what is wrong
  • Stand up for children
  • Stand for the poor
  • Stand for those who are lost
  • Stand for the depressed and mentally ill
  • I am standing and I do not want to sit down
  • I am standing and do not want to sleep
  • I am standing and do not want to quit
  • All I can say is Jesus hold my hand
  • Jesus help me stand
  • Jesus lead the way
  • Shine the light
  • Protect me,
  • Guide me
  • I want someone today to make a commitment to “Stand in the Gap”
  • Stand and stop sitting
  • Stand and stop quitting
  • Stand and stop wasting time, money, mental capacity, feeling sorry for yourself
  • Stand – in the end you will still be you!

Prayer of Hope – That My Worst Might Become My Best!

Lord, I pray today that my worst might become my best!  Transform the terror of fear into the bright sunrise of satisfaction and joy.  Lord, I pray for hope that all things, not just somethings, but all things, might work together for good.  Take my inability to find work, and grant me the opportunity to feed my family and myself.  Transform sadness into genuine joy, depression into happiness, weakness into strength, poverty into wealth, and illness into sustained health and wellness.  Lord, hear my prayer.  Lord, renew my hope.  Lord, lead me in your righteousness.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What is your prayer of hope?
  2. What do you think about this prayer?
  3. Can you witness that truly all things work together for good?
  4. Other thoughts on this pray?            

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3                                                                                

Photo by Pastor Nick Hood3                      

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – You Tube Spiritual Videos at Rev Nicholas Hood and on Facebook

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, 1st Samuel, 2 Samuel, Proverbs, the Gospel of John, Acts of the Apostles, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Colossians, Titus, Revelation and more as well as Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

Also, on Google Podcasts at Nicholas Hood3

Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

Thank you,

Nick

My History With the West Side Cubs

Pastor Nick Hood3 talks with former members of the West Side Cubs

Questions for Reflection:                             

                                          

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3                                                                                

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Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – You Tube Spiritual Videos at Rev Nicholas Hood and on Facebook

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, 1st Samuel, 2 Samuel, Proverbs, the Gospel of John, Acts of the Apostles, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Colossians, Titus, Revelation and more as well as Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

Also, on Google Podcasts at Nicholas Hood3

Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

Thank you,

Nick

Prayer of Hope to Escape the 12X8 Space

A Prayer of Hope to Escape the 12 x8 Space

Lord, I need hope.  This little room with machines and monitors is messing with my mind.  I feel trapped.  It seems like there is no good way this can end, but you are enthroned in glory.  Your majesty is like the brightest of lights on the darkest of nights!  Remember the good I have tried to do.  Take note of my personal transformation.  Lord, I have made a big change in how I think and how I behave.  I do not think the way I used to think.  I do not act the way I used to act.  Remember me, Lord, and get me out from this space.  Lord, I feel boxed in.  Lord, I feel like there is no good way this story will end.  I ask you now to do for me what I cannot do for myself.  Lord, I want more than to survive.  Lord, help me to thrive.  Bless me with your strength.  Bless me with the restoration of my health.  Bless me with life.  I do not want this life to end right now.  Lord, you can make this happen.  Lord, I want you to rescue me from this pit of destruction and let me live.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

Questions for Reflection:

  1. ave you ever felt trapped?  When? Where? Why?
  1. When have you called on the Lord to release you from what ever is bothering you?
  2. What are your thoughts about this prayer?

What would you add to this prayer?

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3                                                                                

Photo by Pastor Nick Hood3                      

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – You Tube Spiritual Videos at Rev Nicholas Hood and on Facebook

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, 1st Samuel, 2 Samuel, Proverbs, the Gospel of John, Acts of the Apostles, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Colossians, Titus, Revelation and more as well as Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

Also, on Google Podcasts at Nicholas Hood3

Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

Thank you,

Nick

The Afternoon Charlene Knocked My Safety Patrol Partner Into the Bushes

Patience in Suffering as We Wait for the Early and Later Rain

Patience in Suffering for the Early and Later Rain

James 5: Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! 10 As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Indeed we call blessed those who showed endurance. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

At some point in life, we all will suffer.  Some may say, “Nick, I do not ache or hurt.  How can you say I will one day will suffer?”  To be honest, I never imagined I would feel physically as good as I do at this stage of my life!  Perhaps it is my DNA.  Some might call it luck.  I do not know.  All I know is my joints do not hurt.  I can still walk and lift my arms.  My heart is still beating in a regular manner and I seem to ge getting along just fine.  All of that is on a physical level.  Suffering is not just physical.  To suffer is to be pained emotionally, perhaps with a sense of dread, apprehension and fear.  Sometimes, our dread of what we think may happen is worse than the actual occurrence.

For example, our fear of going to the dentist can magnify our dread and actually make us sick.  Once, in my fear of seeing Dr. Robert Mosely, the dentist, at the conclusion of a standard oral hygiene visit, he asked me to open my moth as he approached with a needle.  I protested telling him that I only planned on having my teeth cleaned.  He smiled and told me to open my mouth.  After going back and forth with the dentist, I opened my mouth and let him stick the needle in the opening.  He did not touch or break my skin, rather he simply squirted some type of solution in my mouth, and said, “Reverend, where is your faith?” The lesson from this experience is that my fear of the needle overcame my common sense!  In tha sense, I was suffering.,

James teaches that we should be patient in our suffering.  Not all suffering.  Rather,our suffering may be mental.  The anquish a person experiences when they fear death and the dying process is real.  The fear of going to the hospital, taking medicine , growing old, and getting on an elevator is real.  The apprehension about taking a test, flying an airplane, riding down or up an escalator can be overwhelmning.  In my life of 69 years, I have never found a day to be as bad as I first imagined it might be.

James say, “Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.

Think for a moment of “the early and later rain.”  The farmer waits for both.  It is not enough for the famer to rely on the early rain, because after the heat of the summer, there may a long period with little or no rain.  In patience, the farmer waits for the later rains which do their part to soak the land and help the plants  to grow to their potential.  In like manner,, you and I must be patienct like the famer to let God do what only God can do! 

I encourage you to hold on in faith.  Never stop hoping.  Never stop believing, and wait for the glory of God to be revealed in your life!

Questions for Reflection:

  1. How has this piece helpled you to understand the “Later rain?”
  2. What are your thoughts about suffering?
  3. What are the most effective means of dealing with suffering?
  4. How can the Lord enhance your faith, even when you are dreading what comes next?

5. Other thoughts on this subject?

Prayer:  Grant me patience Lord.  Increase my faith.  Take away the dread, fear and anxiety that cloud my way.  Help me to face death with a sense that all things are possible in thy sight    and even when the end comes, that you will grant me life everlasting in that kingdom that has no end.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3                                                                                

Photo by Pastor Nick Hood3                      

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – You Tube Spiritual Videos at Rev Nicholas Hood and on Facebook

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, 1st Samuel, 2 Samuel, Proverbs, the Gospel of John, Acts of the Apostles, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Colossians, Titus, Revelation and more as well as Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

Also, on Google Podcasts at Nicholas Hood3

Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

Thank you,

Nick

Are You Rich Toward God?

Pastor Nick Hood3

Are You Rich Toward God?

Luke 12: 21 So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”   

For a few moments, I would like to ponder the question, “What does it mean to be ”Rich toward God?” In Luke 12, Jesus is talking to several thousand persons and is asked by a person in the crowd to ask his brother to divide his inheritance with him.  The response of Jesus is what I want us to consider.

  1. Jesus asked the man why does he think Jesus has authority in this matter.
  2. Jesus warns the man not to be lured by greed.
  3. Jesus tells a parable of the rich farmer who tears down existing building to prepar for new buildings to store crops, only to find that the very night of building the new buildings, God will take away his life in death.
  4. Jesus concludes the parable by saying that life is more than the substance of material things.

Let us read the parable and ponder several questions for reflection.

  • 13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” 16 Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17 And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

Questions for Reflection:

Prayer:  Lord, illuminate for me the path to a life that is spiritualy rich, but also unashamed to be physically rich in this world.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.   

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3                                                                                

Photo by Pastor Nick Hood3                      

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – You Tube Spiritual Videos at Rev Nicholas Hood and on Facebook

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, 1st Samuel, 2 Samuel, Proverbs, the Gospel of John, Acts of the Apostles, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Colossians, Titus, Revelation and more as well as Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

Also, on Google Podcasts at Nicholas Hood3

Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

Thank you,

Nick

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