GENEVA, Ala (BNc) — Diane Grantham, Geneva, AL, has endeared herself to both local nursing home residents and personnel. For the past year she has been going to the home on Monday mornings at 9:30 to tell Bible stories.
It all began one day while visiting the facility. A resident commented to Diane that she wished there was a member of the church who would come and preach at the home on Sundays. Diane said, “I would love to come and tell Bible stories.” That same day Diane approached the activities director about the possibility of her taking on the task. The director said, “We need someone to do that,” and thanked her, adding that the residents would enjoy it.
Today, a year later, Diane was 15 minutes early for the Monday morning story time. Residents were waiting in the dining hall following their physical therapy session. Over 36 residents and personnel were present for the 30 minute class on David and Goliath. She chooses her stories from both the Old and New Testament.
Diane’s first class only had 6-8 attendees, and she is happy to report having had as many as 43 attendees counting both residents and nurses in previous classes. Often the nurses comment on how much they enjoy the stories from the Bible.
When asked why she does this, Diane said, “It brings joy and comfort to me to know I am doing something that is pleasing to God by telling Bible stories to the residents and nurses.”
As a teenage girl, I prayed to marry a preacher. I knew no one who was desiring to be a preacher but each night I knelt by my bed and prayed, “Lord, if I am capable of being a preacher’s wife I would like to marry a preacher. If not, just let me marry a Christian.” God answered that prayer for me. Our local preacher, Jerry Humphries, preached in two gospel meetings that summer and invited a young man from Alabama Christian College (now Faulkner University) to preach in his absence. He brought his girlfriend with him so that took him out of the running. But when I learned they were coming back in a week or so, I asked if they didn’t have some fine young man they could bring down and let me meet. The girl thought for a minute, snapped her fingers and said, “Old Doug.” Old Doug and I have been married 53 years and have two children and two grandchildren. All our children are faithful members of the church. God is so good. I love Him so.