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Countdown to Christmas is 8 days and counting! Excited? Not sure? Well – let’s take a look at the Christmas pros and cons, shall we?
Are your Empty-Nest Years Christmases feeling lonely? Children of elderly parents or surviving parent – do you know how parent or parents are feeling?
Christmas In The Empty-Nest Years
“Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even my spouse.
The stockings had been hung out of Christmas tradition
The absence of children does not halt the decision.
No children are all nestled asleep in their beds
it’s many miles distant where they now lay their heads.
My dear spouse has passed and I sit here alone
With Christmas, old stockings, and a quiet telephone.”
The above rendition of the old poem is taking place in 1,000’s of homes this Christmas. It doesn’t have to be that way and that is the reason for this blog post article.
If you find yourself in a similar position this Christmas and God has graced you with the gift of mobility, here are 3 wonderful things that you can do that will brighten your Christmas and put joy back in your step!
Let’s Do Unto Others
…Give a gift to a child you do not know.
Try as we may not to be selfish, we humans must die to self on a daily basis in order to allow God’s will to take place in our lives. How can this be accomplished? By following the word of God in such instances.
Rather than hibernate at home and feel sorry for ourselves (and let’s admit it, that is just what we are doing), we need to take God at His word and be doers of the word and not hearers only.
Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 (NKJV): 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.‘
Let’s do that! What better way to get out of self than to do for someone else rather than how we feel. Here’s the plan! How about going to Walmart or wherever you like to shop and pick out a children’s gift, no, make that two: male and female. Have it wrapped and take the presents to the church of your choice, school, etc. and give them to the person in charge to give to someone they feel is needy. What better way to do something for others without expecting the selfish motivation or expecting to get something in return. Don’t even tell them who you are – let the gift be truly anonymous!
Visit An Elderly Care Home
…visit the infirmed – make a new friend?
If you feel lonely, think how lonely it might be for someone in one of the local elderly care homes in your area. Do you already know someone who is in an elderly care home? If not, just find the nearest one to you and take a Christmas present to a stranger. They won’t remain a stranger long!
Galatians 5:14 (HCSB) says: 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself.
What better way can we show love to another than to pay a visit to an elderly care home and give some attention to someone alone on Christmas. When we show love to others, we will be fulfilling Jesus’ commands. Who knows? You just might make a wonderful friend!
Attend A Church Service
…what better way to celebrate the reason for the season!
Are you a Christian and already have a church home? Please don’t let loneliness or depression keep you from this joyous event! Get together in services for worship and praise to Almighty God. There is nothing that can get rid of loneliness better than being close to God within the family of God in collective celebration for the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son.
Again, the word of God states in Hebrews 10:24-25 (HCSB): 24 And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, 25 not staying away from our ⌊worship⌋ meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
If you are not a Christian, go to a church and meet some of the family of God. We are not perfect but we follow Someone who is and you need to meet Him. I can pretty well guarantee you that you will not feel alone. You know what? How about commenting on this post and let me know how you are doing? If you need prayer, go to the contact page on the site and send me a prayer request. I would love hearing from you.
Until next time!