A New Year’s Tree

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!


  1. says

    This is something I’m sharing with family bloggers, as a suggestion, and a plea, to use the New Year to learn something fascinating with the kids. Help your kids safely navigate the Internet to learn why 2008 is being called “The Year of the Frog.” Like Kermit said, it’s hard being green, especially today. Amphibians face the worst mass extinction since the dinosaurs — but there is a sensible, very achievable way to stop it. Learn about it, with your kids, by visiting http://www.amphibianark.org, or my blog, http://www.frogmatters.wordpress.com. Zoos around the world are ringing in this special new year by having kids play the leapfrog game on New Year’s Eve. But still, on the Web sites I just mentioned, you can download a fun, New Year’s frog mask, see videos that explain it all, including one by Jeff Corwin, and learn a lot of fascinating things about amphibians. The main thing killing frogs isn’t what you’d suspect — it’s a fungus that broke out of Africa in the 1940s. Oh, and instead of banging pots and pans at midnight, go outside and play family leapfrog. Have fun. Hoppy New Year.

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