The Greatest Gift

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“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.  And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angels said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

(Luke 2: 6-11 ESV)

The greatest gift to all the people…Jesus!

Not those who bomb abortion clinics, for they do not represent Christ.

 Not those who hold “God hates fags” signs and protest loudly at funerals, for they do not represent Christ.

 Not those who terrorize and kill in the name of their god, for they do not represent Christ.

 And not those fathers who leave their young children behind when they divorce their mothers for any and all reasons, for they do not represent Christ.

 Not all the hatred and sensationalism on social media and all over the news and all the conflict and division among the people of today for that does not represent Christ.   

Only God represents God…the God found only in Scripture…

 And all the brokenness, pain, hatred, terrorism, murder, racism, divorce, sexual sin, etc.…well that only represents a fallen humanity in need of a personal Savior…

A humanity in desperate need of His miraculous and free gift….His free gift of salvation.

The King who chose to be born in poverty

The King who announced His birth to the lowest of lows in society…

The King who came to serve,  and not to be served

The King who willingly went to the cross for His friends…

The greatest gift to all the people…

Jesus Christ!

Merry Christmas Friends!!

The Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem.”

(Matthew 2: 1 ESV)

 

        I shouldn’t be here, we both know that but they assured me I would like you, and they were right!  It is not a perquisite for a home health nurse to “like” her patient, but it does make an uncomfortable situation a lot easier, doesn’t it?  You are my oldest patient to date…me… an old and burned-out pediatric nurse and you… a 33 year old male with a diagnosis of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy…trapped inside your shell of a body that doesn’t function anymore…doesn’t even breathe for you anymore…. and you readily admit you have long ago reached your life expectancy.   I love and admire your desire to live…as you told me just late last week… “my goal is to reach the age of 50”…I nervously chuckled and quickly returned a saddened smile as our eyes met again… as you admitted that to me but really… deep inside… my heart was weeping and breaking for you because at the age of 51…that seems so very short to me….and honestly…. “Life normalcy” for you stopped so very long ago, yet your zest for life is so palpable…so real….and so purely genuine.  I’ve already made “mistakes” as my nervousness caring for you is so blatantly apparent to the both of us….you are not the special needs child I am so used to caring for all these years….you are a grown man…and your “once childhood years” of frequent and painful falls on the school playground as your gait slowly worsened (as you told me) are long past you now and has become a faded, hurtful memory…

I lied to you last Friday when I told you, “I need to use the bathroom real quick.”  Truth is…I barely escaped to the bathroom to fight back tears which were welling and about to overflow from my eyes as I was in complete agony… once again… for accidentally spilling urine on your legs…and realizing I was failing as a nurse to provide for your very basic nursing needs…yet there you were sitting in your wheelchair as you watched me struggling… and you were cheering me on…supporting and comforting me with your kind words….. “You can do this” … “its OK”…. “Don’t worry about it”….and “forgiving me” before I even had the chance to ask for your forgiveness …..your heart so beautiful and full….your love and concern for others so very rare…so very unique….and as I stood in your bathroom behind the door and just outside of your view…..I wondered as I wiped the tears from my eyes… how a heart like yours…. (So rare even among His own people)…..How can you possibly not personally know my Savior! (?)

Its Christmas time and we have scheduled more time to share, although I do not imagine or see myself being here with you very long. I will eventually move on…and allow another “adult nurse” to care for you like you so deserve.  You mentioned your love for science and astronomy…. At least when you were able to attend school many years ago…that is if you were not trapped inside the hospital for one of your many and multiple past surgeries or of the many complications you suffered as you grew weaker and were forced to succumb to your devastating disease….what a perfect time to talk with you about the “Star of Bethlehem”…..

“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?  For we saw HIS star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 

(Matthew 2: 2 ESV) …..

Tim…….

This Christmas….. I want so very badly for you to see His Star!!!