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Corn on the Cob
Posted: May 19, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Ok…so I need to share a story with you that happened to me sometime ago at one of our local nursing homes here in Fort Myers. Our church has a tremendous ministry outreach to those in nursing homes and one particular Tuesday, the gentleman that lead the weekly church service at a facility near Health Park Hospital was out of town. I have always been a person who likes to challenge myself so when it was presented in the staff meeting which one of us would be willing to take on the assignment, I cheerfully accepted. Having not done anything like this before, I truthfully had no idea what to expect. This particular nursing home was an alzheimer’s facility. For those of you who aren’t aware, Alheimer’s is a terrible disease which affects the memory. These dear people were sufferning but it was such an honor to spend an hour with them talking about Jesus.

When I got there, they began to bring the patients in one at a time finally filling up the room with about 20 or so. During my 30 minute talk, I read them a story from Max Lucado entitled “You are Special.” They were really enjoying the story until out of nowhere, a sweet lady in a wheel chair in the back of the room shouted at me asking…

“Do you want any corn on the cob?”

Truthfully, I was a bit taken aback. I really had no idea what to do. Master’s Commission didn’t give me training on what to do if someone asks you for corn on the cob in the middle of a sermon. Pollitely, I said “Of course I would.” As my talk continued, this same lady kept asking me over and over if I wanted any corn on the cob until at one point, a different lady in the group stood up and told her to be quiet. At that moment, I literally thought a fight was going to break out. I swear to you when I say that the nurses had to brake them up. The irony of the story is that the book that I was reading was all about how we are supposed to be nice to each other and see the best in people.

I got in my car and drove away after shaking hands with each and every person and just sat in my car for a few minutes. I truthfully didn’t know what emotion to feel. On one hand, I felt so terrible for these people that were suffering from such a terrible disease. On the other hand, I could not stop laughing at the story finally driving away telling myself, “this could only happen to someone like me.” Have your emotions ever been torn before? Maybe part of you is sad and the other part happy. Maybe part of you feels compassion and the other part anger. One of the greatest gifts that God gives us is the ability to feel. God created emotion. Did you ever realize that? They are a gift from Him.

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com

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