Yesterday I watched the movie, “November Christmas.” The movie was about a young girl who was diagnosed with cancer, and the uncertainties her parents had, has they watched her endure her medical treatment. Her parents were uncertain if their daughter was going to survive until Christmas.
Then the movie switched from focusing on the family to the community in which the family lived.
Within the houses that lined the roads that led to this young girl’s home were strangers, neighbors, friends, and family members who were impacted by the life of this child. She was beautiful, optimistic, and even though she no longer had her hair, her smile completely made her shine.
As I watched the movie I was intrigued by the message it was sending. It was showing human compassion at a level that (at times) seems lost. Within the world we are living, we can get so consumed with the economy, the housing market. Will we get a job? Will we be able to keep our job? There are so many uncertainties of the world, but the one aspect of life where there is no “do-over” is death. Death is final!
When the movie came to a close it showed the little girl getting out of the hospital. As she was driving home one November evening, she entered her town, and what she saw— Christmas lights on every home. The town had lit up the buildings, has if to say,
“Merry Christmas… We love you!”
When she arrived at her home (that was also lit up with lights) the town was there to greet her. The smile on her face was priceless. She stepped out of her car, and ran to the porch and looked up at the lights. Then she looked into the faces of those who were standing beneath her and what she saw was the simplicity of “love!”
The man who had arranged the whole town to give her a “November Christmas” had lost a child himself. He understood the impact of not doing something NOW, and he wanted to make sure that he had no regrets of neglecting to reach out to another, and as the little girl was looking up at the lights this special man looked at her parents and said, “Merry Christmas. Now, go inside and spend this special time with your family.”
The final scene of the movie is the little girl in bed, asleep, when something wakes her up. She looks out her window and it’s snowing. She immediately grabs her robe and runs outside and looks up at the snow. At that moment she knew that she was going to be okay. She had experienced the greatest gift there is: LOVE!
Today, I went to the Calabasas Classic. It’s 5-10K Run/Walk that benefits families who have a life-threatening illness and helps offset the medical expenses so families can concentrate on spending more time with the one they love, instead of leaving them to go and make money. There were over a thousand people who showed up to support the families, and I was there to give a “gift of comfort” to the children in the form of an “OwieBowWowie.”
OwieBowWowie and I have a special friend, Maureen, who shows up to support Owie, and I love her. Maureen walked the race and then walked me around and introduced me to all of the children. There are no words to describe what it’s like to see an ill child surrounded by all those who love them. Each child had a support group, and I watched as the mothers of the ill children, would find each other within the crowd. The moment they hugged the tears would appear. They knew that the person they were hugging, knew exactly what they felt like. To have a child, and not know what tomorrow is going to bring for their child, is an emotion I pray I never experience.
When the race was over, and Maureen and I handed out all the “Owie’s” I walked to my car. My heart was comforted to know that so many people got up early, put on their running shoes, and showed up to make a difference in the life of a stranger, neighbor, friend, and family member.
So, this November, if you know anyone who is ill, I pray that you reach out and give them a “November Christmas” because we never know if December is going to arrive.
Within the world in which I live I’ve learned that each day should be lived, because tomorrow is not promised!
Submit Yourselves to God
1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?
Boasting About Tomorrow
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. James 4: 1-17
Onward by Faith!