by Bill Peters, Ministry Leader
The Savior–yes, the Messiah, the Lord–has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! Luke 2:11 (NLT)
We all can celebrate when someone is healed of a serious life-threatening disease. What a gift from God! Recently, I have seen my elderly father recover from a serious bout of pneumonia to discover that he has a serious condition of heart failure and needs a heart valve replacement. He has had to overcome denial that his health has deteriorated. He surrendered to God and the doctors for treatment. He also considered the steps that they were asking him to take to prepare for a serious procedure to make him well. He recognized that the healing on earth for his body will not be complete. He knows in heaven that perfection will come with a new body given by the Lord. He looks forward to that gift and so I look forward to mine also.
Christmas gifts come in all shapes and sizes. In Celebrate Recovery, the gift of healing from hurts, habits and hangups comes in the same shape but different sizes for everyone. The shape of healing and recovery for each in CR is to work through the same 8 principles and 12 steps. On the other hand, the gift size of healing and recovery through the steps and principles varies for each of us. In part, this is because each of us has to surrender our need to God and our faith dictates how much we are willing to give to God for healing. We must prayerfully decide to share all of our issues – spiritually, emotionally, relationally, physically and mentally, to find healing. These are represented by our hurts, habits and hangups and God can give us a gift of healing through His Son Jesus. This is our focus with the Celebrate Recovery ministry at North Boulevard Church of Christ. We appreciate fully the gift of grace of Jesus. No matter how big that gift has been, we give God thanks and now are ready to pass on that gift to others.
During this season of giving, those of us who are followers of Jesus, have a responsibility to let Christ’s light shine in us so we can bring His light in to a dark world. The world is a very dark place. If we don’t bring Christ’s light into it, who is going to provide that gift? Today I feel compelled as a ministry leader of Celebrate Recovery to be as ready as possible to give that gift from Jesus to as many as possible. I invite you to come and receive your gift on Monday nights at the Filling Station at North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro. Jesus has a gift of healing for everyone and wants us all to have a reason to Celebrate Christmas and to Celebrate Recovery.