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The holidays are upon us, and for most of us it means spending time with family, friends, and love ones.  However, for some of our elderly it’s another day of loneliness.  Those that have lost their loved ones and are left alone without children, family or friends to visit, the holidays can be a time of pain instead of joy.

I want to encourage you to reach out to the elderly in your community this holiday season and give the gift of love.   No act of love is too small.  Whether it’s your neighbor next door or someone in a nursing home or hospital your presence will make the biggest difference this holiday.  Taking the time to read a book, bake Christmas goodies, take them shopping, play a game of scrabble or help them write cards to send to family and friends will be greatly appreciated.

Maybe the senior ministry in your church is giving a holiday celebration.  Invite the seniors in your community to attend and offer to bring them if they need a ride.  This will give them an opportunity to meet and interact with new people and build lasting relationships.   Jesus admonished us to care for the widows and orphans and all those who are unable to care for themselves.  Our elderly and seniors are included in this care.

When you give the gift of love through spending time with our seniors it causes them to feel valued, remembered and loved.  And you’ll be amazed at how what you give comes back to you.