Stretch Out Your Hand — and Heart
Today's post is part of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.
This picture immediately brings my life and the way I was brought up to mind. It’s the Reason for the Season!
For many years as a child, I spent the Sunday before Christmas with my parents on the Muncey Reservation in Ontario, Canada and the San Carlos Apache reservation in Arizona. The weeks leading up to Christmas Sunday were busy with planning the program, getting gifts for all the kids who attended Sunday school throughout the year, and preparing a Christmas dinner for all who entered the doors of the church that day.
Muncey was the place where I saw my first miracle happen right in front of me. Click here to read all about it!
Scenes like the one in my photo shaped my life in every aspect, not just at Christmas. For example, in later years, my involvement with the Inner City work in Detroit, Michigan meant that reaching out to others became an everyday occurrence within our family.
I saw the Lord move in a woman’s life who had nothing but who spent her last days on earth in the warmth of hospice care because the head of that hospice center just “happened” to be in the ER when we brought her in late one Wednesday night. I never realized this miracle until after her life was over and I was talking to a social worker who asked how she came to be in this particular hospice facility. When I told her the story of that Wednesday night, mentioning the doctor’s name who made the arrangements, she couldn’t believe what she'd heard. She said, “That doctor is never in the ER — He’s the head of that hospice center!”
Matthew 25:40, "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
So, as we go about our busy days and nights at Christmas and throughout the year, let's remember this picture and seek out those who need the touch of the Master’s hand. You never know when your simple act of kindness can change a person’s life.
Editor's Note: Post a comment below to share a special memory, testimony, or experience that relates to the theme of Christmas Giving — let's inspire each other's hearts for the poor and needy.
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