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Randy BectonThe Greater Gift, by Randy Becton


    Each year the fund raising department of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital receives hundreds of donations. Not long ago they were astounded by a most unusual and generous gift.

    In Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital treats young people stricken with catastrophic illness. If parents can’t afford the treatment, they can still bring their sick children to St. Jude’s. It’s a marvelous place for caring and healing.

    A while back, their fund raising department received a million dollar winning game piece from McDonald’s from an anonymous donor in the mail. Rather than cashing in the huge prize, this kind person mailed it directly to St. Jude’s. This gift will be used to treat thousands of hurting children.

Jesus gave up his life.
    This gesture reminds us of an even GREATER gift. Our Lord could have held onto his heavenly dwelling, but as Paul tells the Philippians, Jesus “did not consider equality with God somethign to be grasped, but humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6b,8b) Jesus gave up his life so that you and I could be saved. So we could be healed of our diseased soul brought on by our own sin.

    The next time you go by a McDonald’s or pass a hospital, remind yourself of this great sacrifice the Lord made on your behalf.

    Comfort and practical help for cancer victims’ families are available from The Caring Touch ministry free of charge. Of particular note are the booklets How Children Cope with Cancer and How Families Cope with Cancer. As a twenty five year survivor of cancer, Randy has many resources to help with this difficult struggle. You may receive them free of charge by calling 1 (800) 759-3300 or emailing herald@abilene.com attn: Randy Becton.


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