Director’s New Year Message

Many of us would probably approach 2020 as a year that should be forgotten or would wish it were a bad dream. In one sense, it was a year that threw life totally out of gear. On the other hand, it was a year that compelled us to pause, reflect, introspect, adapt, and change. When we look back, we realize that we have been protected, preserved, provided for, and led by God’s mighty hand.

Aunt Ida’s words to the first medical graduating batch, nearly 100 years ago remains relevant. On her 150th birth anniversary, we were reminded that, “You will not only be curing diseases, but will also be battling with epidemics, plagues and pestilences and preventing them.” These words encouraged us to remain true to our calling during the difficult times of the COVID pandemic.

Two passages from the Bible give us insight on the divine and human response to difficulties. The passage from Isaiah 54: 10 (NIV) is a divine assurance in a calamitous situation; “Though the mountains be shaken, and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you”. The words of the Psalmist in Psalm 46: I echoes a human response to troubles; “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” His ever-present help enabled us to not only tide through the pandemic but also be a source of hope and healing to the people who came to our institution seeking healthcare.

This passage from Isaiah also talks about God’s unfailing love and covenant of peace during difficulties. These themes resonate through other passages in the Bible in Romans 8:39, “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” and in Philippians 4: 7, “the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” It is in Him that we find true peace in the midst of the storm.

As we look forward to the New Year, I wish to close with an inspirational quote. “A meaningful life is not about being rich, being popular, being highly educated or being perfect ? it is about being real, being humble, being strong and being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others” (Author unknown). May CMC continue to be a beacon of light in this world.

Have a blessed New Year 2021

Dr. J. V. Peter

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