Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

As an elementary music teacher, it’s a joy taking my students to sing at nursing homes. The picture above captures a boy (age 5) bonding with a woman (age 95). The two became fast friends, back in 2015, and were featured in our local newspaper under the headline, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.”

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

Kind reader, is there someone you can “hug” today–sharing the same compassion and comfort God has shown you?

Do it!





35 responses to “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”

  1. Nancy Ruegg Avatar

    No problem, David! I know your plate is extra-full as you finish up the school year. / We never know when one of those “chance” connections might be a divine appointment. I don’t want to miss such opportunities!

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  2. Pure Glory Avatar

    You are welcome, God is blessing you

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  3. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    I love these beautiful reminders you share with us. Spontaneous acts of kindness and compassion are something we sorely need. Thanks for writing these beautiful reminders and sharing them with us.

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  4. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Amen! Thank you, and God Bless.

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  5. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I love your story, Nancy! I’m sorry it took me so long to respond. You’re right. We need to always be on high receive—looking for those to connect with in Jesus’ name.

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  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes, there are always plenty of smiles—all around, Matt. Thank you for sharing.


  7. jesusluvsall Avatar

    Wonderful connection between a boy and an elderly woman. I can just imagine the smiles the visits bring to the residents in the nursing home.

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  8. Nancy Ruegg Avatar

    Just this past Sunday at our new church, another woman and I chanced to meet in the Commons Room, and it could have been just a “Greet-and-Smile” moment, but I felt prompted to stop and introduce myself. We quickly fell into conversation and connected over several life-circumstances in common. I just may have met a potential friend! Why are we so hesitant to reach out to someone we don’t know? That kindergartner shows us how. All it takes is a bit of compassion (empathy, care, and warm-heartedness)!

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  9. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Rainer. Peace to you, as well, my brother!

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  10. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    I dig this post tons, David. It’s such a timely reminder and encouragement in this age of loneliness and isolation. It’s amazing how far a little love will go. Peace.

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  11. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It was a precious moment, indeed, Manette Kay! I’ve seen examples of this many times, but this one was caught on camera. Thank you for stopping by. God Bless!

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  12. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    A precious moment captured and preserved by the photographer and an ideal prompt for all of us.

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  13. davidsdailydose Avatar

    That’s a good point, brother. If kids can be kind, adults can too. I’ve been a part of a few truly wonderful moments seeing children and seniors mingle. I hope you have a blessed Sunday. God Bless the Kearn’s clan. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇬🇧

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  14. Alan Kearns Avatar

    What a lovely moment caught on camera David. I was blessed by a wee toddler today when I passed her in her mum’s trolley in the supermarket; she smiled and said “Hi,” which brightened my day. If kids can do such things then why not us older folks too?

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  15. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It’s theoretically impossible to hug the whole world, Mandy.😊 But I hear you, sister! I appreciate your stopping by today. God Bless!

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  16. Blue Collar Theologian Avatar

    I would hug the world if I was allowed!!! Love the picture! Thank you for sharing an uplifting story!!!

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It’s always been a special blending and blessing between generations. Thank you for reading and commenting, Peggy. God Bless!

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  18. peggywritesblog Avatar

    Caring and compassion come in all size packages. What a beautiful moment for both! And for us to witness. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It truly is a great experience for all parties. Thanks, Beth! God Bless.

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  20. Beth Alisan Avatar

    What a wonderful gift you gave both your students and the residents of the home. I’m reading a book right now called “Ten Words to Live By” on the ten commandments. On the 5th commandment, the author writes, “honor elders wherever you encounter them, as far as it is possible for you.” As I read your post, I couldn’t help but think how you fulfilled that commandment and taught your students to do the same with song and hugs.

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  21. Pure Glory Avatar

    When younger children spend some time with older people, they all benefit. The photo is precious. 🤗 Hugs, yes!

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  22. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks for reading and commenting, Bridget. Yes, taking students to sing at nursing homes has been rewarding for all concerned.

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  23. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    Oh I love this! What a sweet picture and a beautiful friendship. And I love that you brought the kids to the nursing home to spread cheer. What a blessing for all involved. We all have opportunities to spread cheer or a smile as well. Thanks for the encouraging post.

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  24. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I love it too! Children are so authentic—especially the younger ones.

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  25. davidsdailydose Avatar

    The love shared between generations truly is beautiful and therapeutic, as well. Thank you for sharing! God Bless.

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  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    At one of my schools, we brought children to a local nursing home 4 or 5 times a year. It was good medicine for all involved. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I thought of you while writing it, Pete!

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  27. God Still Speaks Avatar

    So very cool! I love that kids don’t have the barriers and just go and hug on someone. I’m sure that’s why Jesus wants us to be more like little children!

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  28. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    Beautiful. I love that young children are being encouraged to appreciate, and give to, our seniors. So many children have little exposure to older people today. Yet we all benefit from interacting with all the different generations. Thanks for doing this, David.

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  29. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Oh I love your photo, David! This is so true to everything I have seen in nursing homes. Some people are afraid they might disturb their young children by bringing them in, but the fear is more in the grown-ups than the kids. Children are such good medicine and the blessing works on both ends. in The child sees the heart of Gramma and is delighted to give her hugs, and she is touched by the little ones in a way that no one else could do. Thank you for sharing!

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  30. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Gary. We have one more week of regular school.

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  31. Gary Fultz Avatar

    Great thought David, with a push over the edge “do it”. May you wind down your school year well.

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  32. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Amen, Chris. Whatever young children are feeling is usually right in the surface. 🙏May the love of God be the same in us.
    I love the scripture you shared. Thanks for reading and commenting. God Bless, brother!

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  33. Chris G Thelen Avatar

    I love how children can be so spontaneous with hugs. May we be so filled with the love and grace of Jesus that it bubbles over with effervescent joy into the lives of those we encounter each day.
    “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” – 1 Thess. 3:12

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  34. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It’s been a few years, but I recall the hug was spontaneous. The children were greeting the residents after their performance, and the little guy went for it. A photographer, from the newspaper, caught the precious moment.
    Thanks for sharing, BG. I appreciate your stopping by my little blog. God Bless!

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  35. BG Avatar

    This is so wonderful and such an act of compassion. We could use some more of this in society today. God is very much about honoring the aging! Bless you Dave!

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