Reflections on Holy Week

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date April 16, 2019

From our Kirkwood Chaplain, Rev. Richard Hanna

This past Sunday, we began Holy Week, a week that I often call, “The seven days that changed the world.” The week begins with Palm Sunday and proceeds through Good Friday and Holy Saturday, which of course leads to the culmination of the Christian year, Easter Sunday. Here at Kirkwood by the River, we will have Bible studies and worship services to reflect on the events of the week.

On Maundy Thursday, we will reflect on the night that Jesus not only instituted the Lord’s Supper but also was betrayed and abandoned by his closest friends and followers.

On Good Friday, we will reflect deeply on the price Christ paid as he went to the cross as the Lamb of God, to die for the sins of the world.

All of that is in anticipation of Easter, when we will celebrate Christ’s glorious resurrection from the grave, a resurrection that gives us the power to rise above all the things in life that hold us back. As Jesus declared in John 14:19, “Because I live, you also shall live.” Seven days that changed the world, leading to the greatest event of human history, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ! May the days of Holy Week change our lives as we reflect, pray, and celebrate that the Lord is Risen Indeed – Alleluia. Amen.


The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

I fell in love with the cottage and the view from my back porch. I am excited to have a yard for Ginger, my poodle, to play in and my own garage, all within an established retirement community!

Charlotte Hamilton Current Resident

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

We realized we were approaching an age where we might need more assistance than what just downsizing could provide. Knowing we have my sons nearby and the levels of care should we need it is comforting, and the beautiful hillside, river, and the woods makes it that much more appealing. We don’t know of any other community that has the woods, the various levels of care, and so many different amenities.

Phyllis and John Guschke Current Residents

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

When we learned that Cedar Ridge was being developed, that seemed to fit our needs very well. It is the ideal place for the next phase of our retirement.

Carol and Arthur Stephens Current Residents

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

The community's cottage living surrounded by a wooded, natural environment with access to future healthcare services is what attracted us to Kirkwood!

Rick and Jane Ricketts Current Residents