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By the Rev. Corrine Dautrich

Hope. Peace. Love. Joy. These words define the holiday season at the Good Shepherd homes in Allentown and Bethlehem. This will be my second holiday season as a chaplain for the long-term care residents who I feel so privileged to serve.

Knowing many of our residents have lived here for quite some time, there is a hopeful expectation for good things to come during the holiday season. There are wonderful traditions that will continue this year, and there will be worship services to prepare our hearts and minds for the holiday.

The Jewish residents will again light the menorah as we celebrate Hanukkah. And for those of us who are Christian, we will hear scripture tell the story of a loving God who became incarnate as a child; a God who continues to offer us hope, peace, love, and joy even when we may not be feeling the excitement of the season.

All these expressions of the holiday spirit offer us glimpses of how our faith shines through others and uplifts our spirits. And just as I was last year, I am humbled and awed by the strong faith that sustains so many of our residents who live with challenging disabilities.

Amid your own holiday activities, take a moment to consider your contribution to our residents during this special time of year. When you commit to this charitable act, you give our residents the gifts of hope, peace, love, and joy knowing they are cared for, loved and supported by your generosity.