The prophet Joel spoke of a day when God would pour out His Spirit on all flesh. Peter quoted from that passage in Joel during his first sermon on the day of Pentecost at the coming of the Holy Spirit. Peter declared, “this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel.”
The words of Joel that Peter quoted included signs that will appear before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. “. . . wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood . . .”
Joel included that in that day, “your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. (Acts 2:17)” Wow! What if some of those old men to whom God gives dreams are living right here at The Gardens at Calvary? When we hear the old men tell their dreams, will we recognize a God given dream or discount them as merely the dreams of old men? Will God give us the discernment to pay attention to the old man’s dream or will we miss what God is doing?
Some of Joel’s prophecy has already been fulfilled. “It shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” There are things in prophecy we are yet to understand. But, there are things which we do. We must act on those things that are clear. Peter’s sermon concluded with this. “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ . . . .”
Every one of our elders at The Gardens at Calvary is valued, respected and loved. Our staff remembers them long after they are gone. We always hold a special memorial service for elders who pass away even if they have not been living at The Gardens at the time of their passing. We honor them with the gathering of other residents and sometimes family of the one who has passed. It is a message we want our elders hear, “We won’t forget you.”
We began a tradition last year, on Memorial Day, of calling out the names of those who passed since the previous Memorial Day. During lunch, on Monday, May 28th, we will call out each name followed by two bells. Bells have a long tradition of use to call us to wake, to pray, to work, to arms, to feast and, in times of crisis, to come together. Above all, bells are the sound of freedom and peace as in World War II when they hung silently until the day they could ring in the peace. We will ring the bell on Memorial Day to call us to remember those who lived with us but now rest in peace.
As we did last year, this year The Gardens at Calvary will place a carnation on each table with the name of a senior who died since last Memorial Day. Twenty-three beloved seniors will be remembered. Together we will allow our lives to be touched by them again. Together we will say a prayer of thanks for them. Together we will remember on Memorial Day.
Norman Drummond, Chaplain