Justin Linseisen, Director of Pastoral Care
As the days are still wintry gray, I can’t help but think of sunny, summery days and long for them. There’s a little game that some people play on long trips when they get bored looking out the window. This game is called, “Would You Rather.” You play the game by simply asking a “would you rather” question. After long periods of time playing, the questions often become quite crazy and flat-out silly. Today, I want to ask you a ”would you rather question”: Would you rather go to the beach or to the mountains? I’d really like to know your thoughts on this question. Write to me, email me, call me, or find me sometime and let me know where you’d rather go. My bride, Stephanie, loves the beach and I love mountains. So, naturally, we go to the beach! Totally kidding – we’ve been to the beach and to the mountains. I asked this question for fun, but also because the sand at the beach drives me crazy. You see, I’m a compulsive clean freak. Sand from the beach and being a compulsive clean freak just don’t jibe well together. But the other day while I was reflecting on some time we have spent at the beach, I was overcome by the words of David in Psalm 139:17-18a (NASB):
“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.”
David points out that God’s thoughts toward me outnumber the grains of sand. As I thought about that, I began to realize that sand serves, for me, one good purpose: to remind me of God’s great love for me. When I think about my wife, I could go on and on about how smart she is, how pretty she is, all her other great qualities, and how much I love her. In comparison, God’s thoughts toward us are so much greater than we humans can’t even comprehend them. Maybe this seems hard to believe, but I wanted to share it with you: the God of the universe loves YOU deeply. He cares for YOU. His thoughts toward YOU outnumber the grains of sand. YOU are His prized creation. I pray that you know these truths and are comforted by them.
Remember, I’m always available to you. I’d love to sit and talk with you whenever you have a time of special need.
Let me remind you about our Garden Home Bible Study that meets twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 1:00 pm. In early March we’ll be participating in an Ash Wednesday service. It will be a short come-and-go service. Check your activity calendars for the date and time.
Always feel free to contact me: Justin@eastland.org or (859) 519-4950 or Ext. 260.
Blessings to you!
Terri Schneider, Resident Care Coordinator/Interim Community Director
March is here and spring is right around the corner! I’m sure we will all welcome the warm sunshine when it finally arrives!
We have had several residents recently who have had falls and were not wearing their pendant. I would like to remind everyone about the importance of wearing your pendant provided by Liberty Ridge to access the emergency response system. In the case that you have a fall or another emergency, you will have assistance available by pushing your pendant. It will ring directly to our assisted living staff who will respond by checking in on you and/or by calling 911 for you.
As usual, we have lots of exciting activities planned for March! Please make plans to attend the presentation on Wednesday, March 27th at 3:30 with Lynn Eckman, Pharmacist with Wheeler Pharmacy. She will be providing medication education with a Q & A session.
Stay well and safe!
Welcome our New Resident – Betty Joseph
Liberty Ridge welcomes Betty Joseph. Betty was born and raised in Ironton, Ohio, along with her three sisters. Betty met her future husband, Lawrence, at a local restaurant where her friend worked. They were married seven months later. Lawrence worked at Allied Chemical Corporation as an operator; Betty worked for Columbia Gas as a secretary and clerk.
The couple had two children: a daughter, Lauren, and a son, Mark. Lawrence and Betty raised their family in the town of Coal Grove, Ohio. Betty was fortunate enough to be able to leave her job at Columbia Gas and be at home with her children. When Mark was in the 4th grade, Betty went back to work, this time as an Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of schools. She worked in this position for twenty-five years.
Lawrence and Betty were active retirees. The couple traveled all over the U.S. and were very active members of the Coal Grove Betterment Club. Lawrence played a pivotal role in the club’s project of building a park for the community. In 2013 Betty lost her best friend, Lawrence.
Betty loves to bake, take walks, and raise flowers. Please join us in welcoming Betty to our community.
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