I went to two malls today. Why wouldn’t I? There are only 12 shopping days left until Christmas. But actually, I am done with my Christmas shopping—so what was I doing in the mall? I was walking around, looking for people who might be in need of prayer.
As we all know, Christmas can be such a joyous time. But, it can also be one of the most difficult times of the year. It brings up so many different emotions that it’s tiring. There is so much to get done in so little time, etc… It does get easier when the little ones turn into big ones, and there are only two at home, as with Jim and I now. Even though we are planning on having a crowd over for Christmas Eve, there’s still plenty of time to get the pot of chili on and talk my daughter-in-law into making her fabulous corn bread!
Now, back to the mall, and what I noticed when searching for the Divine in Christmas. People are very friendly, in a good mood, and from store clerks to shoppers, they appreciate prayers being said on their behalf. Yes, I actually went around and asked them if I could pray for them, and they were okay with that. They either needed prayer themselves, or they knew of someone who did. They were surprised when I told them that’s why I was there. I explained to them that Christmas can be such a hard time for people, and they agreed. I have had some hard Christmases... Put up a tree? Are you kidding me? I can barely get out of bed. Think of having people over? No way! Quiet will do just fine. Shop for gifts? Uh, don’t really feel like it. The year Phil went Home to Heaven, we did all our Christmas shopping in one store. It was all the energy we could muster up that year. So, I’ve been there. But I’m not there now. Now I want to pray for those who might be where I have been—or even if they aren’t. Who doesn’t need someone to reach out and touch their heart in the name of Jesus?
One couple I talked to from Scotland were here visiting their daughter. I got talking with the gentleman, and then his wife walked up and joined us. I told them what I was doing, and why...because “Jesus is the reason for the season for a reason.” They liked that, although the woman said she wasn’t much interested in Jesus. I asked her why? She said because of the loss and hurt that she has experienced in her life. I shared with her why my Hope is in Jesus—because without Jesus, I have no Hope of seeing my son again one day. She was suffering from a bad cold. I asked her if I could pray for her. She agreed, although a bit hesitantly. Maybe she was thinking she knew these people in California were a bit out there! I don’t know, but I do know her cold felt better when we got done.
When Searching And Noticing the Divine today, I left home for the mall with this verse on my heart. In Luke 11:28: Jesus said, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.” I was out “practicing” loving on my “neighbors” today. It was a blessing. Thank You, Jesus, for being the reason for the season for a reason!