This week’s article is written by Arnie Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
As Christmas approaches, I have a gift suggestion for all of us.
It doesn’t cost anything and it is a great way to fulfill our pledge of witnessing. You can read about this gift in Matthew 25:31-46. It’s the parable of the sheep and the goats. In it, both groups ask, “When did we see you ... ?” The answer came, “I say to you, as you (saw and) did it to the least of these my brethren, you did it (or did not do it) to me.” We can witness by “seeing people” that seem to be sad or in need of comfort ... and going to them and asking “is something wrong?” or “are you OK?” But the key to this is looking for and seeing them. As we go about our busy preparations we may not be looking for them ... we may even ignore the them, as if they were invisible or none of our business, when what they may be needing is just a friendly word. If that’s what happens and they are receptive, you can offer to pray for them. In doing so you will have “seen Jesus” and have given a gift of immeasurable value. If they need more than prayer ... food, drink, clothing, etc., you may also be able to help them in some way.
So as Christmas nears, let us slow down and “see people.” After all, we will be “looking for Jesus.”