A gift of hope (24/12/11)
A week ago I blogged about Michael, a 4 week old who needed heart surgery. The next day, not having read our blog, a friend of ours sent us an email – his family wanted to donate $2000 to our Needy Children’s Fund.
I was astounded. This is the first time I have really wanted to raise a large amount of money to help a single child – usually the need around us is so great that we ration out the fund in small chunks to do small things to help as many kids as possible. But this one procedure had the potential to change a baby’s life. So our chaplain Mercy and our team were praying that this would be a possibility for this family.
And now it is.
Mercy told his family, who were blessed beyond belief. Through the generosity of their family and community, they were able to raise the other $500 needed for the operation, and the wheels were set into motion for his heart to be fixed.
Yesterday, we sent Michael to Mater Hospital. And today, his procedure was done. We don’t know the details of how it all went, but we know that it was done, that he is alive. And this Christmas, a family has received a precious gift – a gift of hope, that their son may have a chance, through the kindness of strangers.
What a precious blessing – that on this eve of Christmas, as we celebrate the gift of love and hope that we received 2000 years ago, we have been able to be a part of our own small story of hope, through the generosity of people across the other side of the world.
And that’s what Christmas is about, isn’t it. Participating in hope – the hope of new life, of restored creation, of God’s kingdom coming to earth – initially in the guise of a baby, now in the form of love and restoration through all of us, His partners here on earth.
What a privilege to be a part of this rich tapestry, of which so many of you are a part.
A joyous, hopeful Christmas to you all.