Merry Christmas from the Meads! The sun is out, but the temperature is hovering at 5 degrees Farenheit. I am not used to the cold. Although shoveling snow is good exercise, I have not missed the activity in many years. Yesterday, I took my son’s dog out for a walk to truly enjoy the winter. Bright white snow, cold crisp air, and a wandering path make for a great time. I laughed as Samson the dog dove into a deep snow bank, making his own version of a snow angel.
As we draw close to Christmas, I always feel a tension present. There is the joy of celebration and remembering why we have Christmas. People tend to focus on the Christ child and His coming. But stores, ads, and events also bombard us with “must get” or “must do” needs that push a hectic pace of too many things to do in too little time. Each year, shopping for Christmas appears to start earlier. The crowds in stores still remain despite the extended season.
This week, we heard the song “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” performed at church. You can look up the song as sung by Casting Crowns.
This song also voices the tension in which we live. As a follower of Christ, I know Jesus came down to earth to die. Jesus entered a dark world voluntarily; lived, died, and then conquered death for us all. Jesus will come again at some unknown time to make things right.
But in the meantime, we look around and see a world struggling with evil, war, terror, trafficking, hunger, and so much more. Peace on earth, good will to men? We live in a fallen world.
Christmas is the hope for which we can live. For God so loved the world—the whole world—He gave us His Son. If we believe in Him, we can grasp the assurance that there are better times to come. Evil may have its season, but in the end, evil will lose and peace will reign.
Working for CURE International is all about Christmas. CURE teams want everyone to hear and learn about Jesus. We want everyone to know Christ came down to save them. Sometimes, the view of Christ is blocked by a physical disability that a person and a family suffers with daily. Some have never heard the truth. Some have never experienced the love of a true Jesus follower.
CURE International comes like the people who brought Jesus to Lazarus’ tomb. CURE rolls away the stones and unbinds the children so they can come and meet Jesus. As an orthopedic surgeon, I often see my role in CURE as a stone roller. I come to try to help improve the function of the children. CURE surgeons may straighten crooked feet, release bound and scarred extremities, put joints back into place, and other tasks, but as a CURE team member, we are called to do more. Surgeons join others in CURE, bringing the good news of Christmas to the families we encounter. Without sharing the good news of Jesus, we would be merely a hospital. Being a hospital is a good activity—do not get me wrong. CURE International is called to be more. We bring the grace of emotional, spiritual, and physical care followed by the truth we know and live.
Merry Christmas! As you open the gifts given to you by family, friends, or yourself, remember the greatest gift has already been given. Take time to open it and celebrate.
We then can live boldly with hope in a dark world knowing that we are always in His grip.