The day of romance is a glittery, pink and red, rosy day of love for many couples. But for others, it can be a gloomy time. We often think of reaching out during Thanksgiving and Christmas, but this time of year provides another great opportunity for ministering to the hurting.
With a little planning, your family, work team, or church small group can make a huge difference by showing love to those who need it most this season.With a little planning, you can make a huge difference by showing love to those who need it most this season. Click To Tweet
Here are four ideas to get you started.
1. Seniors in assisted living homes.
My mother-in-law spent five years in an assisted living home and we were blessed to visit her often. The staff was amazing, but we were reminded that many who lived there had no family or loved ones to visit them. Most were widowed and loved to share stories of their marriage and families. One former naval officer took us to his room where he had a large oil painting of his wife. I’ll never forget the twinkle in his eyes as he told us about her.
Pick a center in your area and throw them a valentine’s day party or ask the staff to share with you those that don’t have family and do something special for them. Time and a listening ear mean the most. Rodney would often play the cafeteria piano for the residents over lunch or dinner letting them pick their favorite songs. It was such a blessing for us to see their joy.
2. Single moms.
Think of a single mom in your community, church, or workplace that does an amazing job providing for her children in every way. I had the wonderful opportunity to have a single mom and her two sons live with us for eighteen months. God opened my eyes to the beauty and the challenge of being a single mom. I’ll never forget this mom sharing with me how much she missed hugs. Well, she got extra hugs in our home! There were financial challenges, the need for male advice for her sons, carpooling challenges, and more. Some single moms have support but many do not. Pray and seek ways to show love to a single mom this season.
3. Newly widowed or elderly living alone.
The first year after losing a spouse is so very hard. Carve out some time to do something special for these individuals this season. Let your children be a part of making them a special dessert, making a card, and planning a few hours to visit. You can also invite them to your home for a meal or an evening of working puzzles or playing games. Maybe delivering a single rose with a handmade card and a batch of cookies would be a special treat. Serving others in this way gives you a great opportunity to teach your children about God’s love and the joy of serving others.
4. Military Families.
It’s easy to forget those with a spouse serving our country far away from home for months and sometimes even a year. Send a package to those serving away and do something special for their family too. Make a meal. Fill up their car with gas. Or even sending a simple card is a great way to say thank you and to remind them of your love, support, and prayers.
Is Valentine’s Day a hard day for you? if so, one of the best things you can do is serve another person. It will be a blessing to you, even more than you gave. In this season of romance, plan to show love to someone who may be overlooked.
Who else would you add to this list to remember this season?
“Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality.” Romans 12:10-13