Be Entertained or Serve? by Becky Penberthy-Smith

Whether you like to get involved with every festive activity, or prefer not to join in with any Christmas traditions, let’s be challenged to look outward this season. Constant entertainment is the world’s way; so, let’s be encouraged to find fun ways to serve.
Do you know any elderly neighbours who may enjoy a tasty homemade treat? Is there a young mother who would appreciate some free time? How about offering to sing and bake gingerbread for your local residential home? Does your homeless shelter need help serving their Christmas meal?
I am reminded of a harsh winter we had a few years ago. Our road was blocked with snow for a week. Our elderly neighbour had had a fall, and we knew she had a much-loved cat. We gave her a tin of cat food, a can of chicken soup and offered our support. From that day, I can honestly say we have had so much love and friendship from this dear lady. She warmly greets us and often remarks that we are ‘such a wonderful family!’ We really didn’t do that much, but that small act of kindness probably gave her reassurance during the snow.
Let us be educators who overcome evil with good this year. Our schools and homes can be the hands and feet of the frail, bring joy to the tired mother, sing a song to the lonely, and be blessed in the GIVING this year.

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40

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