Grace Note for October 6, 2015
W. C. Fields that classic sour puss comedian said, “Start each day with a smile and get it over with.” A lot of folks have adopted his tongue-in-cheek philosophy, but not Chelsey Thomas. At the age of eight, Chelsey started beginning each day with a smile, but it wasn’t so she could “get it over with.” She began smiling because for the first time in her life she was able to do so.
Chelsey is one of about one thousand Americans affected by a rare condition called Moebius syndrome. It impairs the use of facial muscles and renders the sufferer unable to smile. After three operations conducted by a team of surgeons Chelsey is all smiles. They grafted muscles and nerves from her leg to facial muscles used for chewing and biting. Now for the first time in her life she can smile.
Although few of us suffer from the condition that plagued little Chelsey, far too many appear to be affected by spiritual Moebius syndrome. For such sufferers there is good news. The Great Physician can graft joy into your heart and put an eternal smile on your face. God created you to smile, because it takes only seventeen muscles to smile and forty to frown?