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Tis the Season

November 22, 2008

It is that time of year. A time of celebration and wonder. A time of family and friends. The season in which we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is an exciting time of traditions.

As a child growing up I remember many visits to unfamiliar homes. We would stop by with a sack of groceries or a Christmas ham. Our Christmas break customarily included a visit to the homes of seniors in our community. It was in these homes that I discovered that those white covered pretzels actually taste good. Who knew almond bark was so sweet. It is amazing what politeness can bring.

There are certain traditions that just go with Christmas. The viewing of Christmas lights, the ringing of the Salvation Army red kettle bell, the opportunity to pull a name from an Angel Tree. Because of Jesus’ birth people are more willing to help their neighbor.

It is also a great time to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. A time when people are more willing and open to the love of Christ. It is a time when children are often helped. May I suggest that we not forget the seniors. The holidays can often be the most difficult times of year. The loss of a loved one or adult children who are unable to visit can make this time very difficult.

What can the church do to be the hands and feet of Jesus during this time?

Are you connected with an area senior center, nursing home or retirement community? This is a great way for children to give back. What better time to remind them that the season really isn’t about getting, but giving?

In the past we have taken our children to the area Senior Center to sing Christmas Carols. A short list of songs followed by some personnel time does wonders. This can mean a great deal to seniors who are unable to spend time with their own grandchildren. It is hard to forget the smiling faces and joy that comes from such an experience. Not only do you warm the seniors’ hearts, you teach the children that they can already be like Jesus in tangible ways.

Nursing homes are also a great place to get plugged in. In the past we have supplied Christmas gifts for seniors who had none. Too often we forget the widows in the community who are left out during Chirstmas. We put up Angel Trees for children but at times forget the seniors. Working closely with an area nursing home may give you an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Check with the administrator at your local home and find out if you can get involved over the holiday season. Maybe you would prefer taking treats. Again, children on Christmas break can have a powerful impact on those who are lonely.

Area Hospices also have needs during Christmas. I would suggest finding out if their chaplain believes in teaching the true gospel before engaging, but there are still many needs that can be met.

We have supplied Christmas meals to families and Christmas gifts. You might be surprised to find the goodness in giving a lap blanket, socks and lotion.

It is that time of year. The time when we celebrate what God gave us, the Savior in a manger wrapped in swaddling clothes. Don’t forget that you can be that child’s hands and feet this holiday season.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 26, 2008 1:22 am

    Hm. Something you said piqued my interest.

    What do you mean by “chaplain believes in teaching the true gospel before engaging”? Are you restricting your assistance to those deemed “pure”?

  2. November 26, 2008 10:11 pm

    What do you mean by “pure”?

    My intent is that some hospice chaplains may teach a new age gospel to those they minister to. I always verify that if someone indeed did want to find salvation they would be told that was through Jesus Christ not by reincarnation or any number of other paths.

    Please note that I’m not suggesting that they must push faith in Jesus Christ, just that Jesus would be the answer if asked.

    I would love to read your concern.

  3. November 29, 2008 1:58 pm

    on the basis of my unworthiness to receive the Grace from Christ that saved me, I feel that I can not consider the worthiness of those I assist in His Name. I don’t know how else to respond.

    In the story of the Samaritan, the Jewish man was helped by someone of ‘impure’ faith, yet Jesus used him as an example of obeying God. What do you think?

  4. December 2, 2008 3:44 pm

    Sorry it has taken some time to respond. Thanksgiving and all.

    For me it has nothing to do with worthiness.

    Impure faith? The point of that story was who is my neighbor and to shame those who wouldn’t help. The woman at the well was a Samaritan and she was looking for the Messiah.

    2 John seems to warn us against those who deny Jesus came in the flesh. If a chaplain says Jesus was not born of a virgin and was just a good man I would hope that would cause alarm.

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