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!
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Mark 8:36
When tragedy strikes our plans and a sense of loss knocks on our door like an unwelcome neighbor it is easy to lose our sense of worth. But God sometimes sends encouragement to us by the most unlikely messengers. As I passed by our church in the midst of a snow storm I saw a squirrel, which had stopped by to eat a stale roll from our fund-raising banquet. Maybe his provisions of nuts were exhausted and he was surviving only on what he could find. His little plans for survival seem tiny compared to the realities of our harsh winter. But he isn’t worried and God is caring for his needs by our left-overs!
The value God places on the life of a single soul is more than the whole world taken together. A single life weighs more on God’s scales than all earth’s riches, natural wonders, and amazing creatures. For one single life, Jesus paid with the price of His precious blood. God remembers. God cares. God alone can say what is the value of a single soul!
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!