This Christmas I am reminded of the human response to the young couple, Mary and Joseph, in great need. The inn keeper obviously content with his full house could not see past his own comfort to sacrificially arrange even a small room for this weary couple that was expecting a child. How tragic to have missed this glorious opportunity to be a part of the greatest miracle ever, “The Birth of the Promised Messiah”.
So often we read this story and quickly pass judgement on the inn keeper. However today there are people just like Mary and Joseph knocking on the door of our hearts and I wonder what our response is. I recently received this testimony from Joni Whitehead, our Director of Employment Placement, and wanted to share it with you this Christmas season.
Danny was basically living on the streets. He was employed, part-time, and had just left work. He was jumped in an alley way. He went to Baylor hospital to receive treatment. He waited and waited and just decided to leave. As he was walking down the street, obviously beat up and bloody, Justin and Melonie Childress passed him by. They turned around and asked if they could help him. They made sure Danny had the medical attention he needed and eventually asked Danny to live with them. This was 18 months ago.
Justin brought Quinton Gross (current optical graduate from Cornerstone Academy – Melonie is on board of Cornerstone Academy) to our orientation and immediately realized that Danny would be an excellent prospect for our machine shop training. Danny graduated from our class this September and has already proven himself a worthy employee and has landed a job at our employer partner APC. Even though hospitalized for a week during training, Danny called to make sure he was not missing any assignments. Danny has continually shown us that he is sincere about his walk with the Lord and is thankful to his Savior for the opportunity to be self-sufficient and have meaningful employment. On the day of our graduation, Danny was involved in new member orientation classes with Village Church in Dallas. After attending for many months, he is now a contributing member of his local church.
What a joy it is to celebrate the love of Christ by opening our hearts and homes to people who are miracles waiting to happen. Each day I am humbled by people like Melanie and Justin who are a part of the BridgeBuilders movement.
Medically we received a great report. The CT scan revealed that everything is stable…the first time in my life I have been called “stable”. There is no cancer anywhere else in my body and the 1 cm mass in my upper right lobe of my lung is unchanged, the doctor is uncertain whether it is cancer or scar tissue.
We are grateful to God and for your prayers that brought this great report. We are prayerful about next steps and whether we should consider surgery to remove this mass or simply continue the treatment we are currently on. Your prayers for us are the greatest blessing! We have you in our prayers and wish you a Merry Christmas!
Join me for Christmas Day in Bonton (south Dallas) at 1:00 PM. Bring clothes, toys, and a heart to share the love of Christ.