Do you have a neighbor that doesn’t receive many visitors this time of year? Loneliness is at epidemic proportions during the Christmas season. It’s sad that some folks are overly busy while others are just seemingly forgotten. 😦
Most of our neighbors are surrounded by family – and often! Our little circle drive is crammed full of cars almost every weekend – and that is a good thing! We see the signs of life all around us in our neighborhood – everyone is alive and well around here.
But I have to ask myself – who is my neighbor? Is it just the family on my immediate block? We all know the answer to that question – of course it isn’t. Our neighbors are everyone around us. There is a senior living complex less than five miles from my house and it’s fun to go there to sing Christmas Carols. Seniors are often alone and it means so much to them to be remembered.
As we prepare our hearts and minds for the birthday of Christ, we will obviously remember the youth in our lives with gifts and good deeds. Shouldn’t we also remember the aged among us just as much? Yes, Christmas is for children – but it’s also for the elderly. It’s for everyone!
Remember the story of Simeon? All he wanted to do was see the world’s Salvation before he died. He got to hold the Christ Child – and he said that he saw Him and could die in peace. Let’s show the seniors around us the ways of Christ – His joy, love, mercy and peace. Let’s show them the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23
As we prepare our hearts and minds for the birthday of Christ the King, let’s include all of our neighbors of every stage of life in our celebration. God loves us all so very much – that’s why Christ was born! 🙂