In our “Make Your Mark” series, we share testimony from residents, coworkers and friends of Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) employees about the many ways those individuals have touched hearts, leaving unique impressions, like fingerprints on the people and places they serve.
As we reflect on the final moments of Advent, there is of course one truly special story that has made a mark on the PHS ministry and the world.
Perhaps you know the story – of a Messiah foretold, of Emmanuel, “God with us;” of an angel visiting a young woman named Mary and a man named Joseph.
Perhaps you recall the response of Mary, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).
Perhaps you have heard the story of the shepherds – about the least likely audience to hear the first proclamations of “good news of great joy” (Luke 2:10). Shepherds lived on the outskirts of society and were considered unclean physically, socially and ritually, yet the angel said to them “To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
Perhaps you have heard of the unlikely men chosen to be disciples, of a sermon on the mountain that the meek will inherit the earth, of a young boy offering five loaves and two fish to feed 5,000 people, and of women remaining when all others have left.
Perhaps you have heard this story of Love – of a Son given and of the resurrection!
In this Advent season, we reflect on the hope, peace, joy and love of Jesus, and we find our own calling in Jesus’s words to his beloved disciple to take care of Mary when he was gone. We are truly witnesses to the good news, and we are filled with the great joy of answering the call of service.
It’s all pretty weird when you think about it – the cast of characters, the infant king, the love that forgives us before we even ask. And every day we get to witness the incredible mark of Jesus:
- In the resident who invites a new neighbor to sit with them.
- In the friend who visits EVERY day.
- In the daughter who keeps coming even after mom passed away.
- In the pastor who starts each day walking the building to ask blessings over this home and the day ahead.
- In the resident who can no longer walk, but who can fervently pray.
- In the person who donates PTO to help a co-worker mourn the loss of a child.
- In the resident who doesn’t pass anyone in the hall without offering a hug.
- In the employee who takes on extra work to serve others, whatever it takes.
- In the acts of gratitude for love that can never be fully returned, and for voices lifted in songs of praise for the One who taught us to love.
May you have a blessed Christmas week and recognize the gift that you are through the mark that you leave.
Do you know someone looking for more purpose in their day? Share the good news and the many opportunities to make a mark at www.preshomes.org/careers. "As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received."