“Are you ready for Christmas?” is something we hear in stores, around the dinner table and even in church. But whether we are ready or not Christmas is coming and for the 1.4 million nursing home residents a simple visit means more than you may ever know. This simple video gives some easy to follow ideas for getting ready to go. So are you getting ready for Christmas?
Maybe your first memory of your Mom is her sitting you on her lap to tell you a story. Later it meant coming home from school and smelling cookies baking in the oven. As an adult maybe time with her meant a special dinner at her favorite restaurant and photographs of her holding her grandchildren. But for some seeing mom this Christmas means a drive to visit to her in the nursing home.
You might be thinking “Well that is not the situation in our family” or “Yes that’s true, our pastor ought to do something about it!” But the opportunity to visit someone’s mother is available to all of us. The sad fact is that of the 1.4 million* nursing home residents in the United States, less than 30% will receive a single visit from a family member, friend or neighbor in an entire year.
Why not consider organizing a small group to visit your local nursing home facility this year. Some may have a giving tree set up for the purchase of small gifts for the resident. Others will have a special dinner or breakfast set up at which they would be delighted to have volunteers to help. Often we have brought a few of our teens to put on a Christmas play or just sing some real Christmas carols. Each home will have different and specific needs and guidelines. The season will pass so quickly but the smallest service you could offer can be a blessing to someone. Remember that on the cross Jesus asked John to take care of His mother. Maybe He is giving each of us an invitation to take care of someone else’s Mom as well as our own. Will you be visiting Mom for Christmas this year?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40 KJV
*National Center For Health Statistics: Fast Stats 2014