My reflection of Home of Loving Faithfulness (HOLF)
|It’s mostly the love, the vast amount of God’s love that is reflected and shines so brightly at HOLF that I bring back with me and continues to amaze and encourage me today. The smiles, giggles, laughter and joy that beams from the residents, is just one testimony of their loving care. The staff have great patience and trust in God since the residents’ health is often unstable and requires much attention and repetitive care, some tasks may be seen as tedious, yet each day the nurses serve with willing hearts. They also know things (such as health and spiritual lives of the residents) can’t be changed by their own efforts, so they don’t try to, but instead they’re determined with prayer and petition: for example, every morning at an early 6:30 they gather in their chapel for meditation, prayer and a short message that is shared, ensuring their work’s focus and purpose is to glorify God. It is this discipline and God-centeredness that I admire.HOLF is so lovely that each visitor and volunteer is infected and welcomed immediately by their peace. The reason I returned to HOLF this summer was simply because of that welcomed feeling. I visited a few years ago when my sister volunteered and I remembered their kindness and the adoration I had for their work and so this year now that I was old enough, I decided to volunteer for myself. I am now encouraged by the kindness and hospitality that drew me towards HOLF, as I would like others to see that in me.
Finally I would like to say two things: 1) HOLF’s staff live such God-centred lives that their love, kindness, hospitality, patience, peace etc clearly comes from God and it’s encouraging to see God glorified in this way. 2) HOLF has opened my eyes to the simplicity and yet power of love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”