The very first Easter was not in a crowded worship space with singing and praising. On the very first Easter the disciples were locked in their house. It was dangerous for them to come out. They were afraid. They wanted to believe the good news they heard from the women, that Jesus had risen. But it seemed too good to be true. They were living a time of such despair and such fear. If they left their homes, their lives and the lives of their loved ones might be at risk. Could a miracle really have happened? Could life really have won out over death? Could this time of terror and fear really be coming to an end?
Alone in their homes they dared to believe that hope was possible, that the long night was over and morning had broken, that God’s love was the most powerful of all, even though it didn’t seem quite real yet. Eventually, they were able to leave their homes, when the fear and danger had subsided, they went around celebrating and spreading the good news that Jesus was risen and love was the most powerful force on the earth.
This year, we might get to experience a taste of what that first Easter was like, still in our homes daring to believe that hope is on the horizon. Then, after a while, when it is safe for all people, when it is the most loving choice, we will come out, gathering together, singing and shouting the good news that God brings life even out of death, that love always has the final say!
“Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” Matthew 28:10
Happy Easter and thank God for our blessings. They abound.
Easter is one of the biggest floral holidays of the year, this year won’t be the same without the delivery of lilies, tulips and daffodils to loved ones. If you want to show your love in different way, please consider donating to the Clark COVID-19 Care Fund in honor of a family member, friend, neighbor or staff member. You can donate online or contact the Clark Foundation office at 616-278-6533. We will send a note to the honoree, so they know they were remembered! If you would like to know more about the Clark COVID-19 Care Fund watch this message from JoAnn Abraham, VP of the Clark Foundation.
The definition of enrichment is the action of improving or enhancing the quality of value of something. Our Life Enrichment team spends their waking hours doing just that. Improving the quality of life for the residents they serve. They bring value to days made long by COVID-19. Here’s a peek at their creativity:
Memory Care/Assisted Living
Independent Living /Retirement Living
We have engaging activities every day, here’s a few of the ways we stay busy!
Staying connected through Skype, Facetime, ZOOM is a fun way to stay connected. With the extension of Governor Whitmer’s executive order the request for video chats has increased. If you would like to schedule a call, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s important to note calls will be scheduled on a first come basis, available times will be offered based on staff availability. In order to honor all requests, we ask you please limit your call to 10 minutes. Your understanding and cooperation is appreciated.
Make the most of your phone calls and video chats with your loved one. Write down talking points to have engaging conversation. Play a game! Simple games like trivia, hangman, and others translate perfectly to video chats or even phone calls. Make each call something unique and meaningful!
We are limiting the number of staff who come in contact with residents, to that end, we are no longer delivering cookies. To stay connected with independent living residents we are “Reaching out and Touching Someone!” Our pastoral care and sales and marketing teams have increased the number of calls they make every week to say hello and make sure all is well.
May you be blessed with love and peace this Easter.
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