Out of tragedy Comes Triumph
Several years ago a young woman suffered a major life setback which required months and months of recovery and now a lifetime of chronic issues. The first thought would be ‘Why God?’ but this was not the case. In the midst of this trauma came friends and loved ones who spoke into the lives of both the woman and her family. Meals appeared and cards from children ended up taped to the wall of her hospital room. Her daughter was cared for by friends while the husband sat beside his wife for fifty days in the hospital. Three more visits to hospitals in the next nine months became the routine for this couple.
Now, seven years later the tragedy which almost took her life has ended up with both a new zest for life and a ministry. In a matter of a couple of weeks, the couple’s four years of planning and strategizing will come to fruition in Santa Calls For You. This business/ministry brings together the skills and gifts of both husband and wife and allows us the opportunity of returning into hospitals to show the same kind of love and compassion which had been shown years ago.
The care of children in hospitals creates issues not associated with adults. Children who are nervous may need sedation which creates a different set of problems. From an article entitled, Calming kids’ hospital anxieties, by Dr. James Callahan, he suggests a series of strategies to help children. Santa Calls For You hopes to play a part in this by ministering to children “one smile at a time,”
Years ago I read a Christian author whose name escapes me today who suggested that to truly heal from the tragedies of life is to find the pearl in the midst of the sandstorm. We have found that by looking at the needs of others, ours seem to pale in consideration. We no longer are in a hospital facing an unknown future but a child is and with a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus delivering a toy and love, we hope to show Christ’s love in our ministry.
Please share in the joy and the hopes we have for this venture and know we appreciate your support and prayers.