Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Joy of Christmas with Jesus - the Son of God - 2011

Dear Friends in Lord Jesus

This year, our prayer group - Christ to the World - decided to visit, preach, share Jesus to few Aged Care Nursing Homes (refuge for rejected and abandoned) around Sydney, Australia during 2011 Christmas season.

I have attached some of the photos (of few members) of one of the visit of a particular Nursing home.

From Left - Br Edmond, Br Nelson, Br Parry (your brother in Christ), Br Joe, Br Terry, Sr Rita.

There are currently 44 men and women staying in this particular Nursing home where I visit on 3rd (and at times 4th) Sunday taking Jesus (Holy Communion) for the past 2 years. Only 5 are Catholics, rest other denominations, others without any religious beliefs. Some are bedridden and need total care.

Our program started with

- Prayers and songs of praise to Jesus Christ which they all loved and participated with interest (surprised ?)
  There was initial resistance, but with the first song itself, they all were singing (Holy Spirit - thank you mate!).

- Sharing the WORD of GOD - that Jesus Loves Them just as they are - No Matter what situation they are in and HE Died for them as an Eternal Sacrifie (i.e Never ending sacrifice of God).

- We sang Gospel Hymns and danced. It was touching to see few of them dancing with us - both - Men and women - expressing their joy in praising - God for each moment we were at this place - Praise the Lord (yes Jesus himself was there)

- At the end of the prayer-centered visit, we distributed gifts to every one which they accepted and loved.

(Br Charlton second from left - missing in the photo above)

So dear friends,

We are called by Jesus to "Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." (John 13:34)

A visit to the home leaves one with sheer joy - if Jesus is leading (the task) and yourself willing (to act).

After all Jesus himself said,

St Mathew 25:40 Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.


St Mathew 25:45 Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

The joy of Christmas is not for a day or a season. It is an eternal joy, a joy that no one can take from us because it is the joy of Jesus Christ himself made present in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who dwells within us (see Romans 5:2-5). The Lord gives us a supernatural joy which no pain nor sorrow can diminish, and which neither life nor death can take away.

Do you know the joy of your salvation in Jesus Christ?

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