It's Christmas time and we are celebrating in the nursing homes. There are many residents who do not have family around. So, we are family! We raised our hands and our voices to the Lord as we sang some cherished Christmas carols. Then, we looked at the faith of Mary and Joseph. They believed and followed the Lord in every way. What wonderful examples to follow.
Behind these doors are some amazing people who love the Lord. This morning we sang Christmas carols and then listened to Charlie Brown's gang read the Christmas story. There were smiles on everyone's faces. It seems the older we get the more our natural family can spread out. Our spiritual family becomes closer. This morning we were family.
It seems that everyone likes to sing Christmas carols. We had a wonderful time this morning at Methodist Manor. This mornings meeting turned into an open discussion. We talked about many good memories as children around the Christmas season. (That happens when you become family.)
It is such a blessing to minister at East Gate in Muskogee. We have become family. Residents who are not feeling well or for some reason are confined to their room want me to come and pray. That happened this morning. A staff member said residents gets up extra early on the days I come so they can be ready for the service. I share that to let you know how important these services are to those who live and work at these facilities. This morning we prayed for many miracles. Angel Gabriel said to Mary, "With God nothing shall be impossible."
This is one place where we sing the entire time. Why? It just seems to work. The Lord will give me little things to say between the songs. I really don't even think about it ahead of time. This time it was all Christmas carols. When I show up the residents are heading to the dinning hall for snacks. It always reminds me of singing at a dinner theater. Here is a verse that came to mind this morning.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23New Living Translation (NLT)
19 Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ.20 When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law.21 When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law,[a] I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ.
22 When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.
This morning was a great service. My oldest grandson is traveling with me today. It's fun to watch his reaction to things as they happen. We are lifting up the name of Jesus during this Christmas season. We raised our hands and then looked into the Word. Jesus is Lord!
The Brentwood nursing home is always a joy to minister in. We had another amazing time. We began by singing Christmas carols. Then, we looked at Mary's faith. She said, "Be it unto me according to your word." She believed and received. God is no respecter of persons. We can believe and receive! (I'm going to put this mornings Christmas carols on our web-site. www.pauldeneui.org
It is always exciting to share the Good News that Jesus was born. We call it Christmas. All of the preparation and all of the giving is because God gave the biggest gift - His Son, Jesus. The greatest gift that we can give Him in return is us. This morning we gathered together and did just that. We gave Him us. Many of the residents gave their testimonies as our praises rose to Him. JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.