As special as the Christmas season is for most of us, who cannot truthfully say that now it has passed you breathed a sigh of relief? The same held true in our nursing home service this week. We looked back thankfully to the blessings we shared but
we all agreed to put the carols on vacation and together look forward to a New Year.It felt good to sing the Hymns and to pray God’s help and protection for whatever lies ahead. As we launched into “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” we remembered that in the year ahead some of our people who are wheel chair bound can still walk by faith. To the chorus of “How Great Thou Art” is added the voice from the heart of Judy who cannot get out a single note because of the breathing tune attached to her. In the gentle words of “Amazing Grace How Sweet the Sound” we realized that even ears which can no longer hear still listen to His voice. God is good all the time and all through every one of our years. He is good when we are young and He is good as He carries us to old age. He is a friend that still sticks closer than a brother in special ways when we can walk only by faith, sing only with our spirit and hear only His still small voice!
The Bible tells us that suddenly the shepherds heard the angels singing praise. In the midst of all your struggles, activities and responsibilities I pray that you receive a suddenly moment from God this Christmas! Merry Christmas and God bless you always!
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23 NLT
I have already over heard some of my friends and acquaintances gleefully stating that their Christmas shopping is now done or almost finished. We also make plans to give the best we can for those we love. It is a special way to remember the greatest gift ever given; God’s only Son. But as we approach Christmas “Would You Do It For One?” ministry is asking for you to give a radical Christmas gift. But you don’t need to worry, no one is asking for you to send money.
We are asking for you to consider two things. First; according to the U.S government’s most recent statistics there were 1.4 million people living in long-term care facilities in 2014. From the same sources we learn that over 60% of those residents will not receive a single visit from a family member or friend over the entire year. To put it differently: 840,000 nursing home residents may not have even one person to wish them a Merry Christmas.
But you could make a difference! You could become the person to make that statistic – 840,000 minus one! You could give an extravagant and over the top gift. You can give a few hours of your life to some one in a nursing home who has been forgotten by their friends. I can not promise you any reward but the knowledge that you are giving your best for Him. What more radical Christmas giving could there be this year?