Remembering the Sacrifice of Christmas

Last December we discovered the awfully painful and significant degree of Nathan’s bladder and kidney issues. I was re-reading this blog post and remember well how difficult it was for all of us, especially Nathan. The constant screaming in pain and trips to the ER. It was horrible. It forced us to travel all the way to New York city to see a urologist that finally understood our kid (which I still think is a little crazy). It was worth it though. Once we started cathing Nathan, the pain lessened. I saw cathing him as a great hindrance to the freedom of our schedule and lifestyle.

It was hard to do.

It is still hard to do.

I have to remind myself that I do love the results.

This Christmas I have been reminding myself how much Jesus sacrificed to come to earth as a baby and lived in a physical body in this broken world. We live in physical, temporary bodies in a broken world. We can’t always fix our medical ailments and we sometimes have to live with pain or alter our lives in a way that underscores how broken and imperfect things are here on Earth. My sacrifice of cathing Nathan pales in comparison for what Christ humbly gave up for us all. We do not have a God who is unfamiliar with our suffering.

For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” – Hebrews 4:15

Please pray for us as we head back to NYC later this month for our follow-up appointment with Nathan’s urologist. I am hoping and praying for good results. And maybe, just maybe, we won’t have to keep cathing him. That would be the biggest Christmas gift to us all. This time we are bringing Mac too and we’ll try our best to turn it into a vacation as well as a doctor visit!

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