As this most unusual year draws to a close, I’m filled with a lot of emotions. This year has brought each of us unusual challenges. We’ve faced the uncertainty of a pandemic, business upsets, racial and political unrest, along with feelings of isolation as we have had to learn this new concept called social distancing.

For centuries God’s people had faced many hardships, and yet lived with a promise that some day the Messiah would come into the world to save His people. At this time of year we celebrate the hope associated with the fulfillment of that promise. God was faithful to his promise in sending Jesus.

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons (daughters). And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying “Abba!Father! So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” Galations 4:4-7

It’s so easy to focus on what’s not right in the world, and yet I believe that the word is true. Therefore, the issue is to live like an heir focusing on things that are unseen which are eternal, exhibiting faith, hope, and love each day.

With the promise of a vaccine against COVID, we in DCF have real hope of returning to a more normal life in 2021. There is so much to be done to continue spreading God’s love into the lives of dental students and offering our time to serve the dental needs of those at homeland abroad who lack access to care.

Please know of my continuing thankfulness to God for the privilege of not only being called his son, but for being a small part of His mission to the world. We wish everyone in the DCF family rich Christmas blessings and bright promises for the New Year.

Dr. Bill