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!
Nursing home ministry is not just something nice or a little extra side line for the church to investigate. Nursing home ministry is in fact an expression of the very heart of the Jesus Christ. In Matthew 25 Jesus talks about how we treat him in places like prisons, sick beds, orphanages and other places of abandonment and suffering. When we as His church consistently remember the importance of a true commitment to include such places in our outreach we may not get much notice in this world; but we will make the headlines in heaven! If we choose to allocate our church budget and sacrificially give of our time in order to value those whom Jesus values we will never regret it in eternity. Here in this small book is the compilation of more than 25 years of experience given as a guide, an encouragement and a call to action for those who are willing to hear.
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 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 25:38-40