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For God So Loved!

Dismay and Joy
Today’s Reading: Luke 2:8–14


I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
(v. 10 NKJV)


The air was crisp and the snow crunchy as our family walked to the car after a Christmas Eve service. “God rest ye merry, gentlemen” still resounded in my ears when I noticed tightness in my chest. Some miles down the road, I had the first strong pain. Having had two previous heart attacks, I always carried my meds. I took a nitroglycerin tablet, and we headed for the hospital.

When we arrived, I gave the nurse my medical history and a list of my daily medications. Soon, I was hooked up to an IV. Outwardly we all remained calm, but inside, I was tempted to be angry. Why couldn’t we have a “normal” Christmas? Why did my family have to suffer repeatedly like this? Questions like these returned in following years, when I experienced lung, colon, and bladder cancers, two more heart attacks, and a myriad of other illnesses.

But God is faithful. Years earlier, when He introduced me to Jesus, He had given me the answer to all questions—and He had repeated it in that Christmas Eve worship. God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay. Remember Christ, the Savior, was born on Christmas day.

No matter what occurs at any moment of my earthly life, I am in God’s hands. God’s gift of Christ to the world has canceled all believers’ debts, and we are pardoned to live eternally with Him in heaven. Tidings of comfort and joy, indeed!

Wendy Wallace
Doing Well at Being Sick