To be honest, I actually did do some Christmas shopping when I went to the local D.G. with my 91-year-old mother in law yesterday. It just wasn't for my family. And, for some reason, that seemed to be a lot easier, more fun, and very fulfilling! Why? Because it was for others...people who won't have any gifts on Christmas unless strangers give them something.
Recently I have mentioned to you that we have been having a Bible Fellowship in our home on Sundays. It is a very small gathering, mostly of our immediate family and a couple of neighbors. Anyone is welcome, but we are not trying to compete with any other church or group. We are doing this for now as it seems to be the way the Lord has been leading us. Anyway, one of our friends has a handicapped son who lives in a kind of "assisted living" home, and many of the other residents there do not have anyone who visits them or any close family or friends. They seem to be the forgotten ones, living in a place where their basic needs for food, shelter, and healthcare are being met, but the need for love, companionship, family and friends is often left unmet. So the suggestion was made that perhaps we could gather some little gifts for them and our friend will deliver them this week when she goes to visit.
I can only tell you that we had such a great time of fellowship today after our worship time followed by a shared lunch, as we wrapped simple things like word search books/puzzles, lotions, shampoos, soaps, playing cards, manicure sets, and other personal items for them, and labelled them so the attendants would know how to give them to the residents.
It made each of us feel so good that we were doing something to lift the spirits of others...such a simple thing, really.
I would love to be there when they receive their gifts to see the looks on their faces as they realize that these items are just for them...and that people do care about them.