Saturday, December 12, 2015

Finding Christmas: Not Forgotten

The holiday season, extending from late November until just after the new year, is a happy time that usually includes spending extra time with loved ones on more than one occasion. I cherish the opportunities to see family and friends more often than usual during these weeks. 

This is a sweet season, but not for everyone. 

Some among us are separated from loved ones, either by death or circumstances, and will spend at least part of the time grieving the separation that keeps them apart. It's easy for people to feel alone and forgotten. For those people, being remembered by someone can make a major difference.

It's one of the reasons taking children to nursing homes to sing carols, visiting shut ins, and spending time with those who grieve are all so important. It makes an impact that can last far longer than we know. It reminds them that they are not forgotten, but it is also a reminder to us that, when our time comes, we will not be forgotten, either.

Feeling forgotten is not the same as being forgotten.

Isaiah wrote about this very issue. Zion thought God had forgotten her. The nation felt abandoned and rejected. God, through Isaiah, reminded His people that He  could never forget them. Why not? 

The Hands of God are a constant reminder of those He loves.

God has inscribed us on the palms of His hands and we are constantly before Him. Those nail-scarred hands ever proclaim the price He paid for our redemption and ever serve as a reminder of the ones He bought with His blood. 

God cannot forget us because we are always before Him, literally and figuratively in the palms of His sacrificing, loving hands.

No matter how we feel this season, our reality, our truth is that we are not forgotten. We are not alone. God remembers us every time He sees His hands.

Inscribed on His palms.

If we are to be the hands of Christ this season, those who are inscribed on the hands of God must also be ever on our thoughts as well. 

This season, make a conscious effort to spend time with those who are alone, send notes to those who have lost loved ones, visit those who are shut-ins (whether at home or in a nursing facility). Remind them that they are not alone. 

We are not forgotten. We are not alone.

We are inscribed on the hand of God, constantly in His thoughts, always in His love. He is with us. 

It's our job to demonstrate that presence, that love to a dark and perishing world. One of the best ways to "find Christmas" this holiday season is to act like Christ. 

Be the hands of Jesus and take His light to those who need it most.

In case you missed any of the past week's posts, here are the links: Finding Christmas: Truth, Tradition, and Choice,  Finding Christmas: The Joy of RelationshipFinding Christmas: The Word of GodFinding Christmas: The Importance of Surrender,  Finding Christmas: Separating Truth and FictionFinding Christmas: Ongoing Surrender, and Finding Christmas: Hidden Paths.

The most read post of the last week: Finding Christmas: When Life is Less than Perfect
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