“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing near by, he said to his mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.” John 19 25-27 PHS Biblical Framework
We continue our journey through Holy Week, reflecting on a passage from our Biblical Framework on this Good Friday. Today we commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. For Christians, this is a solemn day of reflection, prayer and fasting. In keeping with this practice, we focus on one of the last words spoken by Jesus as found in the Gospel of John. In the final moments of Jesus’ life, he entrusts the care of his beloved mother to John, “the disciple whom he loved.” 2,000 years later, we too can consider ourselves to be the disciples whom Jesus loves, and the care of older adults as our holy and God-inspired calling.
Our efforts to respond to Jesus words can be seen in today’s installment of our Kind Regards blog series. We are honored to share a letter that was received by the Boutwells Landing assisted living care team. The family shares candidly, “We never could have done this ourselves…” echoing Jesus’ entrustment of care for his beloved mother to John.
Dear Boutwells Assisted Living nursing staff,
Thank you all so, so much for the care, concern, and help you gave our mother Carol. Throughout her four years at Boutwells. You all provided the gentle safety net our family needed to help Carol live with dignity, as independently as possible until her death.
We never could have done this ourselves, nor could we have given her a built-in set of new friends and activities. She loved her dining partners, her crossword group, chapel, wellness training, and daily visits from resident assistants and housekeeping. If we were to script a scenario for Carol’s last years, it would have been exactly as it happened, under your wonderful care.
So here’s to you all: Kristin, Rona, Tammi, Susan, all the loving resident assistants (she kept a list of you all and your life interests), Sarah, Dr. Rock, Ben, Kristina, and dietary and wellness. A well-oiled mechanism, all parts in sync.
We miss our mom, and I know you do also, but now she is together with Elving and the Lord, what she wanted. I’ll stop back in May!
Kind Regards is a regular feature that shares the letters, hand written cards and emails we receive from those we serve. Beyond expressing appreciation, these letters remind us how important and needed our ministry is and inspire us to offer our best.
Read other posts in the Holy Week blog series:
Palm Sunday and the Procession of Honor
Maundy Thursday and Jesus’ mandate, “Love one another”