Volume 69, Issue 1 January 2018

I’ve never been much of a singer. So I felt a little uneasy about our plan. I wasn’t sure if my voice would drive the elderly folks back into their rooms, or possibly help bring some Christmas cheer. Thankfully, I was not caroling alone at the Caseyville Nursing Home that Wednesday even-ing. Sally Horstmann and Kira Grindstaff led our youth through the halls singing carols such as “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” and others. During our time there, we had the opportunity to talk with several residents and even give out some hugs. A few people asked us where we were from. As a result of our time spent at the nursing home that evening, I know our youth helped bring much joy and encouragement to the residents. I am also convinced that we re-ceived just as much joy ourselves, if not more, from the experience. Sometimes we are provided with ministry opportunities that seem to take us out of our element, out of our area of expertise. This is not a bad thing, especially when you are serving alongside your brothers and sisters in Christ.