Centennial Retirement Home

On my way through Oshawa, I went to visit a dear old friend whom I always refer to as my 2nd mother. Dorothy (and Charlie) adopted me as a “daughter” when I was 12 years old. I grew up working on their farm where they raised ducks and geese and grew corn. I lived in Huttonville with my parents and I spent my weekends working on the farm selling corn at the roadside stand and dressing geese and ducks for people that came from the city.

Charlie had long since passed on but Dorothy is 82 and recently moved into a retirement home in Oshawa. As I arrived at the old age home, Dorothy had been waiting and was there to greet me at the front door. It was a beautiful home and I went inside bike, trailer and all!

It was high end and reminded me of a 5 star hotel! The lobby was large and the furniture was top grade. I met with the administrator of the home who allowed me to bring in my bike and even offered me a room to stay for the night! I was thrilled. They saw my guitar and asked if I played and sang. I told them I did and so I entertained the residents for a couple hours that evening.

It was a beautiful room with a comfy bed and all the amenities! All the residents were friendly and looking forward to my performance in the evening. I played all the old songs I knew and then some. About 40 residents showed up for the event! It was a fun time of sing along and nostalgia.

The next morning many of the residents had thanked me for playing and asked me when i was going to return! I had the opportunity to share with several people about Jesus. One resident in particular name was Chuck. He sat by the elevator while I packed up my bike. I found out he had scoliosis, a curved spine which had gotten worse in the past year. He also wore an oxygen tube through his nose. He was friendly and listened as I told him about Jesus.

He told me that one day a year ago, he was walking in the mall and a old lady approached him when he was out shopping in the mall. She asked him if he believed in Jesus. He said he did. So then she asked him if she could pray for him in Jesus name. He agreed. He told her about a problem that he had had with his bladder. It was infected and he was incontinent with lots of pain. She prayed with him for healing in Jesus name. He said from that moment on he never had problems with his bladder! It was a miracle he said.

Yes indeed I agreed. I asked him if he wanted to pray for more healing and to invite Jesus into his heart. He said yes. I prayed for him right there by the elevators. Tears came to his eyes and he thanked me. He made his way up to his room.

Several minutes later another lady sat down in the chair beside the elevator where Chuck had sat. She was Dorothy’s room mate Karen. I had met her earlier when I visited with Dorothy. She watched me as I loaded my gear on my trailer and was preparing to leave. She told me that her blood pressure had risen to 210 and that she wasn’t feeling well. I asked her if she believed in Jesus. She said yes. I asked if I could pray with her for her healing. She said yes. We prayed for her salvation and as well for healing. Many people believe in Jesus but as a prophet or teacher and not as God. Praying the sinners prayer and asking Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour takes care of that. She too had tears in her eyes after the prayer. Then a big smile came upon her face… “That is the first time I saw you smile since I’ve been here”, I said. She said, Yes it has been a long time!.” It is amazing how when people reach a certain age they seem much more willing to receive Jesus and be prayed for. The cares of the world are no longer an issue.

Matthew 6

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing?
26 Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are?
27 And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life?
28 Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin.
29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these!
30 And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, won’t he clothe you even more, you people of little faith?
31 So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’
32 For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33 But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.

I visited and prayed with Dorothy one last time then went on my way west to Scarborough along Kingston Rd/Hwy 2 to Pickering. Once I arrived in Pickering I went south to the waterfront trail along Lake Ontario.


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