During a bus trip to Nashville, a passenger named Jerry had a life-changing experience that reminded everyone of the power of the heart. Initially skeptical about seeing the musical “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Jerry was pleasantly surprised by the Broadway-quality production. The story of the Grinch, whose heart was two sizes too small, resonated with Jerry as he had recently undergone a heart transplant. Just a year prior, Jerry was in critical condition due to a failing heart. However, thanks to a sudden donor heart becoming available, Jerry’s life was saved. He and his wife had a wonderful time on the trip, and Jerry’s new heart filled him with gratitude and joy.
Reflecting on Jerry’s story, it prompts us to consider the state of our own hearts during the Christmas season. Like the Grinch, we often associate the heart with our innermost being. While the beating heart is vital for our physical well-being, our emotional and spiritual hearts can also be affected. If our hearts are burdened by brokenness, loneliness, coldness, or emptiness, perhaps it’s time for a “transplant.” The Bible offers the promise of a new heart and a new spirit, signifying a transformation from a heart of stone to a heart of flesh. Jerry’s journey serves as a reminder to nurture and open our own hearts to love, kindness, and the Christmas spirit.