This morning I read Luke chapter one about the life of John the Baptist’s parents. We often forget as we hurry through this passage that God was concerned for the needs of this elderly couple. Maybe in old age they had all but forgotten their prayer for children, but God had not. God had heard their prayer. God was still working on the answer. They didn’t have to follow some special formula or begin something new. Zacharias and Elizabeth simply needed to remain faithful to what God had given them to do.
In the same way we who have grown old without seeing the answer to things we have prayed can be encouraged that God also remembers us. Neither age nor weakness alter the power of God to answer prayer. It doesn’t matter how many years pass, if we are praying something in God’s will for our lives He has heard us. He delights in answering the prayers of those the community and sadly even the church consider passed their time of usefulness. (Out of warranty as one friend of ours put it!) Miracles happen in our lives because God never gives up, never forgets and never forsakes us. Don’t be afraid. He has heard your prayer!
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. Luke 1:13
I am posting this video again this year as I am struck by the reality of how difficult it is to for people to realize the vital need of nursing home ministry especially at the holiday times. Visiting and encouraging the residents is not just something extra or a nice gesture of the church. Even less is a holiday visit primarily about going home with a warm feeling. The absence of loved ones and of the care of a church family is so stark at Christmas and Thanksgiving that it cold be compared to the air some people receive through their breathing assistance. Without that correct ,ix of oxygen they receive through the device they will suffer terribly. The need for love, companionship, prayer and fellowship is constant and especially so at this time of year. If we allow Him, God will give us a portion of His great love to share. There is no better time to begin thinking of Nursing Home outreach than at Christmas. For more information on getting started in nursing home ministry you can check out our extensive list of video teaching on our Youtube channel. Be blessed and be a blessing!
I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me Matthew 25:43
As we begin to prepare for the Christmas
program at Allied Skilled Nursing I am reminded that we are in a battle. At a recent holiday banquet to which many of us volunteers were invited we listened to a local choir sing almost 20 songs without a single mention of Jesus Christ.
While I am not militantly opposed to singing Jingle bells or White Christmas I see that we are in a struggle to keep the focus of the Christ of Bethlehem. People will have more than enough opportunity to hear about snowmen, the Grinch and Santa from everyone else. We have this one time of the year to point to the light of the world, who was born in Bethlehem.
We are given the greatest privilege to honor Jesus in telling again the story of His birth. So yes organizing a program is never easy. Chasing people around and competing for their time at the holidays is a challenge. But all our efforts are worth it because we have the privilege one more time to present the story of God”s great love for the world. We have one more chance to get in the battle for Christmas and to celebrate the Savior of the world.
Matthew 2:2 …“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”