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.”
It was a little hard to get our teenagers together for an Easter program at the nursing home it was definitely worth it. After all between, school, part time jobs and just being teens they have a crazy schedule.
If your church has or is considering a nursing home outreach I urge you to challenge your young people to get involved. They sang several songs, helped to serve communion and visited with the residents. Then as we were packing our things up the head nurse said, “No you can’t leave! Have the kids sing some more!”
What an Easter blessing it was to be a part of a team sharing our faith from the youngest generation to the oldest. Together we are the body of Jesus Christ!
Set a Fire
This did take a while to process the video but I was so touched by our youth and by the help of all the parents this past Christmas. They sang, presented the nativity and helped to raise the offering that enabled us to give a copy of the Book by Joni Eareckson Tada “Spectacle of Glory to each resident and to some of the staff. What a blessing to be included with such a great group of people. It doesn’t take a group of professionals to share the message of Jesus. Be blessed!
I haven’t posted much lately because we have been preparing for our Christmas program for Allied Services Skilled nursing. This was a special year in many ways. First of all I was so grateful for all the youth and parents who gave their best this past Wednesday night. We had an interesting cast. Joseph was from Peru, Mary was a Brazilian and we had a Brazilian/American king!
Also this year we had a fund raiser in order to give as a gift to each resident a copy of Joni Eareckson Tada’s new devotional “Spectacle of Glory” . They graciously discounted us about 60% off of the retail to help us along. Two of the mom’s from the church hauled in all the robes and helped to dress the youth. As an authentic touch a client of mine donated an antique wooden cradle for the manger. I will be posting video next week but here are a few photos of our night. With all that was said and done it was truly a night of worship and a night to remember!
saying, “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.” Matthew 2:2