It’s Christmas and as we celebrate the birth of Christ, share laughter and good times with family and friends, and enjoy the gifts of God’s grace and love, I thought it was also a good day to offer you a reminder. It’s not easy to remember when you’re in the recovery process that you too have something to celebrate.
Perhaps you’re not feeling especially festive as you try to learn to walk again or even be able to hold a pencil or feed yourself. You may think that the only story to tell is the one you have to share right now and it’s not all that merry and bright. I understand that it can feel like that because it can be hard to see the good side of things. It’s not easy to realize that there is still more to the story. Sometimes all human beings are able to see are the limitations of life. We don’t stop to celebrate the little things that are better today than they were yesterday. We don’t sing praise to God for helping us take a new step in our recovery or for encouraging us through the kindness of someone else.
Today I invite you to share in the celebration of Christmas with your caregivers and your family and see if you can feel its joy. Listen to the music, hum along, add a smile wherever you can and it won’t be long before you realize that with each new day, and with God’s help, you truly do have something to celebrate.
May God bless you and the people you love at this wonderful Christmas time.
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all the people. Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord.”
Luke 2: 9-11, NCV