Remembering those who are alone

Being lonely is hard.  But being lonely during a holiday season is excruciating.

Today I’ve got a devotion running about the shepherds in the Christmas story.  It hit me this year, what an odd and intentional choice it was of God’s to tell the shepherds first about the birth of Christ.

It wasn’t announced during the day and it wasn’t proclaimed in the crowds.

No, the birth of Christ was told on a lonely field in the dark of night to shepherds.

I wonder if God felt their loneliness and knew they needed a reminder that He saw them.  He saw them working into the night. He saw them away from the crowds.  He saw them when others maligned their character, as shepherds couldn’t even testify in a court of law back then. He saw them doing a job others demeaned.

Knowing God sees me when I am lonely helps.  And it prompts me to ask the question: Who needs to know I see them?

Maybe you know someone who need to be remembered this week. It doesn’t take much to make a difference.

An email, or mailed card, to someone going through the first holiday without a loved one would mean so much.

A phone call to check in and say, “I’m thinking of you.”

A shared trip to the mall with an afternoon coffee and Cinnabon stop (and no guilt) could really cheer someone up.

Or maybe your better in the kitchen.  Maybe food speaks love to you.  If so, I wanted to share a few recipes that might be good to make and share with someone who needs to be remembered.

Here are some ideas you might consider making and sharing.

 

Pull-Apart Coffee Cake would make a great breakfast or afternoon tea treat.

Pull-Apart Coffee Cake would make a great breakfast or afternoon tea treat.

 

Click here to open a link to the Pull-Apart Coffee Cake Recipe.

Martha Stewart's Chutney Cheese Ball - this is fabulous with a basket of crackers or plate of vegetables

Martha Stewart’s Chutney Cheese Ball – this is fabulous with a basket of crackers or plate of vegetables

Click here for a link to Martha Stewart’s Recipe.

Lady's Cheesy Mac from Paula Deen.  Warning, you need to make a double batch or your family will riot when you take this away.

Lady’s Cheesy Mac from Paula Deen. Warning, you need to make a double batch or your family will riot when you take this away.

 

Click here for a link to this recipe on Food Network.

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcake

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes from
Southern Living

Click here to open link for Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes in a new tab.

What do you like to make and share with others?  Leave a comment today with a link to one of your favorite dishes to share.  Or tell me how you remembered someone who is lonely.  And I’ll select a few commnters to win a a special gift.   It will be a surprise gift, but it will be something from my inventory of when I ran an online store.  It’s all cottage-style home items.

I’ll leave this open for the rest of the week and announce the winners on Monday.

Merry Christmas,

Glynnis

 

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