It’s a beautiful and lushly silent snowy day here in Pierce County, Washington and beyond. I’m hoping our roads will be a bit less slushy and slippery in a couple of hours so my granddaughter and I can go to church together. It’s a bit iffy right now. But my senior mom will be fine as she enjoys church on her iPad, enjoying a modern version of Paul’s words in Romans 10:16-18, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. ”
For many elderly seniors, church on TV has long been a tremendous blessing. It’s harder for them to get out and about. Plus they may not be able to sit for a prolonged period of time. Getting to join in the singing and sermons via TV keeps them close and connected to friends and family plus helps them to continue to grow in the teachings of the Lord.
Of course,nowadays TV has plenty of company – like computers, smart phones, and Tablets like my elderly mom’s iPad. Many times, those are just the sermons. But some churches offer the music as well. And some churches even have a live streaming option at the normal time they have their own services – giving you even more of the feel of “being there.” This can be a special blessing for those sweet elders who have attended their church for years and can no longer attend in person. (It’s also grand for women in the last few days before having a baby who aren’t able to make it, parents and kids who are sick at home with one bug after another, families dealing with special needs, etc.) Hopefully, more and more churches will offer a wide variety of options.
One caution when you are adding a church (or any other app) to your senior parent’s iPad. Make sure you test drive it thoroughly to ensure it works without glitches and hiccups. I put a website on my mom’s iPad – it’s an “app that is coming” so they have you save it to the screen. The only problem – I couldn’t get it to turn off! Very odd. I don’t know if that was a one time thing but I DO know that would totally confuse my mom, so into the trash it went – virtually. There are plenty of other great options for her!
The iPad is a great tool to bless our senior parents. My mom is still not able to do a lot with hers. But she continues to enjoy pictures of her grandkids and great-grandkids, listening to music and audio books, as well as excellent sermons from our two favorite pastors. A sweet blessing, indeed!
P.S. Our Pierce County roads (at least, the ones on my street) are still snowier than I like, so off to my iPhone for my own grand sermon. Happy Sunday to y’all – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation!
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