II Corinthians 12:9-10

"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities... for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."
II Corinthians 12:9-10

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dreaming of a White Christmas

A white Christmas, at home and in no pain. That's probably what the kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children are dreaming of this holiday season.

Three years ago, I stayed in that hospital in Chicago for about a week for my spinal fusion. And ever since, I've had a new appreciation for life and health. There are so many kids in those hospitals that are going through so much, and being there during the Christmas season certainly doesn't help much.

So today, on 12/12/12, a group of music students took a (much needed) break from final exams and took a trip to the Shriners hospital in Greenville.

We were placed in the lobby so the children in ICU and the hospital rooms could hear us, as well as the workers, parents, nurses, and other patients there for check-ups, on first and second floor.

The people at Shriners today were able to hear some Christmas cheer to hopefully make their long recoveries just a tiny bit easier. But more importantly, they were able to hear the good news through our songs-- the good news that Jesus Christ came to earth as a baby, lived a perfect and sinless life, died for our sins, and rose again! And that good news gives us reason to rejoice during the hardest trials of life. "Christ the babe was born for you."

Merry Christmas to the brave patients, their strong parents, and the compassionate workers at Shriners Hospitals for Children.