With Faces to the Evening Sun Faith Stories From the Nursing Home by Richard L Morgan; 1998; Nashville, TN; Upper Room Books; soft cover
The beauty of this book begins by viewing the glorious cover illustration of vibrant, growing sunflowers. Richard Morgan, a Presbyterian minister, in his 54 devotions provides a glimpse of the strong, individual strengths of faith experienced by his frail nursing home residents.
Myriad themes significant to nursing home residents are described in the devotions or faith stories (e.g., transition, faith, relocation, humor, loss, friendship, loneliness, grace, memories, death, home). Each story sews a tapestry of the rich diversity and value of the nursing home residents served by Pastor Morgan.
Each faith story begins with a scripture reading and concludes with a prayer. The room blessing for a new resident, the service for a resident moving from independent living to nursing care, and the memorial service for residents are especially poignant.
In a time of increased budgetary and staffing constraints, this mighty little book does well to help ground us, and help us remember the transitions that all individuals experience when they enter a nursing home and how faith can sustain them and us.