And she will have a son and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins Matthew 1:32
O I hate the word program! Christmas is not a program and is more than just a religious holiday. Christmas is a wonderful opportunity that God has given us these 2000 years to tell again the story of His great love in sending His Son. We had that opportunity again at Allied Skilled services on Wednesday night this week. This year we were challenged by schedules, sickness and just the normal teen stuff but God brought it all together and used our youth to be a Christmas blessing once more. The large room at the nursing home was filled most of the way back and after we sang we spent another 10-15 minutes hugging, shaking hands and saying Merry Christmas to each one.
I am posting this not to say how wonderful we are here but to encourage you that if you have not yet tried to do this in your own community it is not too late. Nursing Home residents and similar institutions pass Christmas with very few visitors. Though their staffs try to cheer things up with decorations the decorations can’t give a hug, sing a song or hold their hands. That is what God gives us the chance to do more at this time of year than ever!
People will sacrifice hours of every week to prepare for a 20 minute worship service at church. Have you stopped to consider how much time we could give to prepare a single Christmas musical for nursing home? They are God’s special people and an investment in sharing the love of Christ pays eternal dividends!
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.”