2012-12-27 / Lifestyles

Senior Center

This was given to me a few years back:

Dear Children,

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking my name out of the season. Maybe you’ve forgotten that I wasn’t actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate my birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival, although I do appreciate being remembered anytime.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don’t care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate my birth just, get along and love one another. Now, having said this, let me go on.

If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn’t allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santa’s and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all my followers did that there wouldn’t be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can and may remember me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish.

If you want to give me a present in remembrance of my birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:

Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way my birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell me all the time.

Visit someone in a nursing home. You don’t have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can’t afford and they don’t need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of my birth and why I came to live with you down e. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.

Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don’t know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile—it could make the difference. Also, you might consider supporting the local hot-Line: they talk with people like that every day.

Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren’t allowed to wish you a “Merry Christmas” that doesn’t keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn’t make so much money on that day they’d close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families.

If you really want to make a difference, support the missionary, especially one who takes my love and Good News to those who have never heard my name. You may already know someone like that.

Here is a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no “Christmas” tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don’t know them (and I suspect you don’t) buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Marines, the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.

Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and Loyalty to me, then behave like a Christian. Don’t do things in secret that you wouldn’t do in my presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.

P.S. Don’t forget; I am God and can take care of myself. Just love me and do what I have told you to do. I’ll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short, I’ll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember.

For those of you who are traveling for the holidays, have safe travels! I encourage you to call to check the weather. The MI Police Travel Advisory telephone number is 1-800-381-8477. We want you to make it to your destination safely, allowing you time to spend with family and friends. Have a very, very Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year!

Now the true meaning of Christmas. To see a fifteen year old boy, named Brett Jasmin, along with his nine year old sister, Katelyn walk into the Center and each donate $25 to purchase meals for the elderly. To me this is the true meaning of Christmas! Thank you Brett and Katelyn, as I am sure you will make those touched by your generosity very happy.

The Senior Center Annual Christmas Party pictures with Santa are in. Feel free to drop by the Center and pick your picture up, as a gift from the Manistique Senior Center Board.

We received a Christmas card from Dick and Alice Lewis who made the move to Owosso, Michigan. “Wishing all of our friends at the Senior Center a very merry and Christ-filled Christmas and all good things in the New Year! Missing you! Thoughts and prayers – Alice and Dick The card was handmade and wow – beautiful!

Happy birthday to you! Bertha Higley turned 90 this past week and her daughter, (Sally Rodman) surprised her and the bingo players with a yummy “bingo” cake. Bertha, you sure don’t look your age!

A great big thank you goes out to Mary Lou Marx for her assistance in the office. With Carol being on vacation for twenty days your appreciated more than you know. Clarice Becks and Patti Koivisto gave gifts to be used at our Annual Christmas Party.

Gloria Hansen and Nancy Strasler dropped by with a yarn donation. Joyce LaTulip gave a military package donation and Cathy Wise donated to the Treasure and Trash table.

A great big happy birthday goes out to Evie Laing on Dec. 29; Ardell Gardapee, Dec. 30; Ed Leonard, Sr., Dec. 31; Inez Kralik, Jan. 1; Barb Foor, Nancy Cheney, Sue Studinger and Lynn Norton on Jan. 3. Eat lots of cake!

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