In Philippians 4:4-7, Paul tells us to rejoice always, have a gentle spirit and be anxious in nothing. In all things, praying with a heart of thanksgiving, the peace of God that transcends all understanding, will guard your heart.

I always enjoy hearing what folks are thankful for. Many times it can be inspiring, and humbling. For my friend, Alan, this is what he recently shared with me.

“I am thankful to have my dad back! I’ll never forget the smile on his face the first time we walked into LifeStream at Thunderbird [formerly Baptist Village]. A smile we had not seen for quite awhile. Two weeks earlier, Dad was in the hospital after collapsing. His physical and emotional health had been spiraling downward ever since Mom had to leave home four years ago, needing special care for her dementia.

It takes a lot of time, research and prayer to find the right retirement community for your loved one. We struggled with Dad’s desire to live at home and God has led us to the perfect place for him. A place he now calls home.

His energy is back as he is eating healthy meals and his daily medications are monitored. He loves the staff and fellow residents and joins in on the activities and chapel services. Simply put, he loves it here.

The greatest gift came recently, when Dad looked into my eyes and said, ‘I love you.’ Words I had not heard from him in recent memory, but now he shares them with me every time I see him. Thank you Baptist Village…I have my dad back!”

We are thankful for God’s many blessings, including good friends like you. Together, with your prayers and support, we can provide a community of love, faith and hope…A place where our seniors call home.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jim Hively
Former LifeStream Associate

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