Dr. Tony Herring is regarded as one of Americas leading physicians.
He travels around the world giving lectures. Yet his greatest
legacy will no doubt be how he treated children. But Im not talking
about how he treats them as patients, Im talking about how he
treats them as children.
Dr. Herring spends three afternoons a week visiting his young
patients. He is a very gifted orthopedic surgeon. Yet beyond his
amazing technical skills, hes most admired for his sensitive
touch with children. Kid-kindness is what the hospital president
most admires about this man.
The kids say he is funny, that he is kind. But he also shoots
straight with them about their medical condition. As chief of
staff, he helped develop the Child Life Department to help the
ailing children have fun during their stay in the hospital. In
a place where many of the kids face serious illness, Dr. Herring
tries to provide as happy an environment as possible.
As I reflected on this doctors character, I couldnt help
but think of Jesus?the way he treated children. How he was so
approachable. Though he was God, he was so humble and gracious.
healing the sick that came to him and offering eternal life to
those who asked.
All of us can approach Jesus. Because of the cross, we can
approach the Lord through faith. Hebrews 4:16 says that we can
do this with confidence, receiving mercy and grace to help in
our time of need.
Now you may be having the worst struggle of your life. You
may be wondering where you can run to hide from this new year.
I want to encourage you to run to Jesus?for forgiveness, for grace,
for healing, for strength, for guidance.
I thank God that through Jesus Christ, the Great Physician
of our souls has been found and is approachable. The question
is, Will we allow him to be OUR doctor?