Christmas may be over, but there’s still a little holiday in my heart! I have just cherished this time to relax with my family.
It was back to work yesterday, to try to catch up with all of my patients. The Lord is good, and most of them handled being in the hospital during Christmas okay. Their courage inspires me daily. So many of these Dear Ones have had so much taken from them, and yet they handle their situations with grace and beauty. I am thinking of one of my patients in particular, who is paralyzed from the waist down due to a terrible accident. This sweet person has struggled so much over the past weeks, to accept new limitations and embrace a new way of life. Yesterday, I saw a spark of orneriness in the usually lonely eyes, perhaps a glimpse of a former personality. It caused my heart to rejoice!
Yes, Dear Ones, this is a time to take stock of our blessings. The New Year always inspires a desire to better myself; I want to be more organized, live a healthier life, get involved in new activities…
The day after Christmas, we took all the ornaments off of our tree. The lonely conifer still stands in front of the window, adorned only in a veil of lights. She is now our New Year’s tree. Her simple appearance serves as a reminder. The New Year holds much promise, but right now, it is like our lonely little tree: Bare and empty, waiting for us to decorate her with our life choices.
Let’s see the coming year as an opportunity, Dear One! “This is what the Lord says, ‘Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’” (Jer. 6:16) We will face many choices in the coming months. Let’s ask where the good way is. Let’s walk in it!
Bless you, Beloved!