November 2018 Newsletter - What do you think of when someone says Christmas?

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November 2018 Newsletter - What do you think of when someone says Christmas?
The Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season is a very special time of the year for many of us.

Luke 2:11 says, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (KJV)

As Thanksgiving has passed us by and Christmas is rapidly approaching, we hope that you will take time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas—the true reason for the season.

Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

For others, it’s also a time where everything around us is decorated so colorful, bright and sparkly. Even when we are unable to see it because of a visual impairment, we can smell it wherever we go.  

picture of fireplace at ChristmasA turkey dinner with all the fixings or a pie, fresh out of the oven.  The scent of a Christmas tree, a cup of hot cocoa, and gingerbread cookies.

A time of cooler weather, were we can feel the coolness on our skin and smell the crisp, clean and fresh air. And who doesn't like the coziness of a warm fireplace with its woody, smoky scent?

What do you think of when someone says Christmas?  What memories come to you?

Unfortunately, it's not a joyful time for everyone.  In a recent telephone conversation one of our staff members had with Jeff, I got to hear just how hard holidays can be for some.

By all accounts, Jeff had a normal life.  Retired from a good job, with a beautiful home, a loving wife and great friends.  Everything we would desire. But that would all change in his mid-eighties...he began to lose his vision.  

His vision loss became so great, he was unable to do many things that he was once able to do.  He admits he relied heavily upon his wife to help with so many those things. When his wife passed, he had tremendous difficulty and was left with no other choice but to sell his home and move to a facility that could better meet his needs.

Alone, now without his wife, in a new home, Jeff had been feeling depressed.  He had lost the joyful anticipation of the upcoming holiday season. But there is one thing he says brings him peace when he is lonely and joy when he is sad.  His Audio Bible.

“I fill my day by listening to it as much as I can.  I must have listened to it a dozen times over since the first day I received it,” Says Jeff.

While many of those other sights and sounds are just faded memories of Christmas past for Jeff, he now knows that putting his focus on the real reason of the season is all that truly matters.

The only way we can keep sending Audio Bibles to people in need—people like Jeff—are because other people, just like you, also believe in what we do—making the Word of God accessible and available to all that are visually impaired.

Before this year is over, will you please consider joining with us in ministry?

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  • Allen Decker