We’ve arrived at the time of year when folks are once again engaged in the activities of holiday planning. We have triple holidays forthcoming that are close to one another, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Lots of people consider this season a favorite. Yes, planning; church programs; traveling; shopping; decorating; cooking; diet busting eating; social gatherings; sports engagements; and time off from jobs and school.
How many people, though, are mindful that folks had loved ones who transitioned during holiday seasons? Some have loved ones who passed away on Christmas Day last year. How challenging will it be for them this Christmas? How will they cope with the grief and the memories? What are ways that we can ease their holiday sorrows?
Scores of elderly people are often lonely. It’s enhanced during this time of year. There are folks in nursing homes that rarely, if ever, get visitors. Gratitude extends to people who are considerate to include elderly folks in their holiday events. It’s good that nursing homes have programs in place to help in those important areas. I’m deeply thankful for the ministries that actively tend to the needs and desires of elderly citizens. Measures of such care are comforting indeed, particularly, to those who have little or no family love extended to them.
It’s great, too, to visit folks who are lonely and housebound. Many of them yearn for visitors and steady companionship. Preparing meals and eating with them is one way to demonstrate caring and sharing. In the Bible, we read where Jesus fed the people and he ate WITH them. Compassion goes a long way, indeed.
My heart condition is aware of the numerous homeless folks, including veterans, who are estranged from families and/or in geographically distant places from their family members. This time of year isn’t cheerful for some of them. Their loneliest moments may very well be during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. It’s good to know that there are ministries that reach out to folks in that population. It helps considerably.
I have deep gratitude for the folks who invest time in the people who are in grief and lonely postures. Easing things for them has profound meaning relative to their conditions. Hearts are soothed by loving attentiveness.
My caring and sharing activities lift my spirit. There are sure pleasures in giving to others. Of course, we should engage in caring and sharing demonstrations all year round, but amplified actions during the holiday season have particular impact and meaning.
2 Corinthians 9:7 – KJV
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; ;not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.