Finally Be Strong in the Lord

Now that I am growing older I’m not as strong as I was five years ago. I look old, i.e. gray hair which is thinning on top, droopy muscles, poor vision even with glasses, with some hearing loss and some times forgetting where I put my car keys. My law partner hesitates to give me more complicated cases because he’s afraid I will forget to be thorough in studying the case as I did two or three years ago. As someone once said, “getting old isn’t for sissies.’’ There are times when I feel worthless because I am not contributing much to my profession, my family or society.

The above story is a compilation of stories I heard as a parish pastor. I have heard similar stories related to me here at Samaritas by residents in our rehabilitation unit and long term care units. Fortunately, our rehabilitation therapists and staff from other departments assist residents in gaining a renewed and healthy self-perception of themselves. For many residents a sense of purpose is realized to the extent that life does have meaning, family relationships grow stronger and the future is met with resolve and inner strength. I firmly believe that these people now grasp that they have a legacy to share with their children, grandchildren and friends. They have a God-given gift of love, joy and peace to celebrate with all people.

Written by Chaplain Richard A. Anderson


All Samaritas Events

«August 2018»

Moonlight Masquerade Summer Party

Join us on Thursday, August 16 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. for our Moonlight Masquerade Summer Party. Residents and guests will enjoy delicious food, refreshing cocktails and captivating entertainment. Buffet appetizers will be served at 4:30 p.m. and buffet dinner served from 5-6:30 p.m. Costumes and...

Foster Care Orientation - Lansing

Provide a safe and loving home to children by becoming a foster parent with Samaritas. Register for orientation by contacting Aleah Erwin at (517)-230-0810 or

All orientations are held at the Samaritas Lansing Office: 1545 Keystone Ave. Lansing, MI 48911


Rummage Sale Benefitting Samaritas New Americans

Join us on Thursday, August 23 and Friday, August 24 for a rummage sale benefiting the Samaritas Americans program. If you are looking to donate items, collection dates are Monday, August 6 - Friday, August 17 with large item drop offs on Tuesday, August 21 and Wednesday, August 22. For more...