A vicious disease is no match for the human spirit.
The disease may tear a body apart.
It may extinguish a life that’s just begun. Or a life that’s seen a thousand sunsets.
But it will never extinguish the human capacity for kindness, or a child’s smile, or a parent’s undying love.
Anyone suffering from cancer, I believe, has the right to be angry. To ask the question, “why me?”
And although cancer is beatable, it is an unfair battle.
The medicines and treatments doctors use have the potential to do serious damage to other parts of the body.
And, it’s particularly unfair when the disease’s victim is an innocent child.
We recently visited a center here in Lima called la Fundacion Peruana de Cancer.
The foundation’s mission is to raise the standards of care and treatment of cancer patients in Peru.
This Christmas, a group of our friends got together to donate gifts and snacks to the cancer patients currently under the foundation’s care.
A family friend took the lead in coordinating the effort, and a few of us visited the center to distribute presents and spend a little time with the families currently living there.
We took Santiago and Adriana along so they could enjoy the experience and hopefully learn the important lesson of giving.
You know, we receive many reminders on Facebook or other social media to keep “Christ” in “Christmas”.
It doesn’t take much, really.
A toy, a piece of cake or some candy. A smile, a hug or a kiss.
A prayer for someone in need.
Christmas will come and go.
But Christ is always here.
Just take a step back, breathe and look into the eyes of your child or your parents or your friends……and you’ll see Him.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!