Me and a team of 45 volunteers, family members, and youth from Home of Jesus the King Church went to visit the children’s department at Nazareth’s French Hospital, to bless and to encourage them. Our wonderful team of volunteers had prepared wonderful Christmas gift hampers consisting of chocolates and treats that would put a smile on the kids’ faces. When we arrived at the children’s ward, it was overwhelming to see how happy the children were to see us. I felt in that moment how much Jesus loved the children, and how important it was for him to lay hands on the children and to bless them as it is written in Mark 10:13-16.
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
The Lord also laid it on our hearts to sing Christmas songs in front of the hospital to bless all within the hospital. As we were praising the Lord, one of the doctors came out to us and asked us if we could perhaps move towards the emergency ward and to continue with our singing, since the people in the emergency ward were in desperate need of encouragement and healing. So we move all of our speakers and musical equipment and moved across to the emergency department.
As we started singing Christmas songs and glorifying Jesus, we saw something amazing happen. All the windows of the hospital opened and faces started peeking out to see what was going on and to be a part of the celebration outside. Even people from the surrounding areas came to investigate!
Our young people started to dance and to clap, and people from the hospital, as well as from the neighborhood came to join us in singing and dancing! Among them were Muslims, Christian and Jews! Even the nun who were in charge of the entire hospital came out to thank us, and to join us in song and dance. For 45 minutes we continued like this, and it was like heaven on earth. It was such a testimony of how people can be united in joy and peace when Jesus is glorified. He is indeed the reason for the season!