When we first think of the Christmas season, many images initially pass through our minds – presents, decorations and parties. But as Christmas Eve approaches and some of the flurry of holiday activities subside, the image of the Christmas miracle – the birth of Jesus – becomes clearer. It is that miracle centuries ago that set the stage for the CHRISTUS Health mission – to carry out the healing ministry of Jesus.
With all the major challenges that health care systems face each day, including global challenges, it is important to remember that it is the miracle moments, however small, which happen in our ministry each day that truly make the difference in people’s lives. Although we may wish to believe it is our technologies and facilities that drive our outcomes, the positive results we all hope for only occur when CHRISTUS is filled with person-to-person interactions – assessing and treating an injury, offering words of encouragement, extending a warm hand, a big hug, or quickly saying a prayer.
We must always remind ourselves that the broader picture of sustained improvement would never get painted without the strokes of many artists, including our Associates, our physicians, Sisters, volunteers, board members and many others. These miracles are the true expressions of our incarnational spirituality. This is who we are. This is how we are seen. Whatever our role is in the ministry, we are the healing hands. We are CHRISTUS Health.
On behalf of the entire senior leadership team, I wish each of you many blessings for peace, hope, prosperity and happiness at the holiday season and throughout the New Year.