And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 NRSV)
Chris Stewart is a young British runner who won a major race in Slovenia in the fall of 1991. While in that troubled land Stewart learned of the desperate plight of people living in small towns in Croatia--people who are cut off from international aid due to the terrible conflicts that are being fought there. Stewart, the third-place finisher in both the 1976 and 1977 New York City marathons, decided to do what he could to help. He began running relief supplies across sniper-infested battle lines into the broken heart of Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In Stewart's case, "running" supplies is to be taken literally.
After strapping to his waist a canvas pouch stuffed with medical supplies, Stewart ran several miles, past woods where snipers lurked, to the city of Osijek. Later, he ran supplies to a hospital in western Bosnia-Herzegovina, encountering heavy shelling on his seven-hour run back to safety. Last fall he ran again, after being told that another hospital had been virtually leveled by shelling. He explains his acts of heroism like this: "Some people were dying from simple infections, because they had no antibiotics. They were ordinary, bewildered people, and nobody seemed to be helping them."
Is there a more perfect picture of the world to which Christ came--"ordinary, bewildered people, and nobody seemed to be helping them"? But somebody did help. Somebody did come to our rescue. Christ came.
Dear God, you came to my aid. Show me the way to make a real difference in the lives of those in need. Amen.
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