Being sick is no fun! I know, no news there, Sara. But, wow, did I get a reminder this week. Monday was a great day. We had just spent a long weekend in Florida enjoying each other’s company before weekend schedules fill up until the spring. It was lovely. Then on Monday, I woke up in the late evening hours, possibly already morning, very ill. It came quick! I feel like I haven’t had a fever since I was a child.
Florida Doggo livin' the good life
It’s crazy how quickly it can happen. I mean it was just like “boom!” And, man, no turning back for more than 24 hours. But, hey, it happens. It comes and goes. I cannot imagine those who are struck and stuck with illness. Also, I have so much help if I need it. My family was there, my partner, my friends, my coworkers who have turned friends. The real ones in need are those who do not have access to medical or personal help.
I am confident, after only working here almost four months, that Trinity can step in with those situations. I know there is the option of at home communion for those who can’t make it here. Plus, if someone just walked in the doors needing help they would not be turned away. It is such a great thing for our community to have that right here in the center of downtown. Somedays I want to just shout from our rooftop “you’ve got to see what this place does!” Part of that is because I’m still newer here and it’s exciting to learn. But I don’t think that impact will wear off over time.
I hope none of you get sick this holiday season! I joke that it’s almost like we just want to hide inside to avoid it. That would get lonely. Already after two days I was feeling like “okay, I’m bored.” There is only so much Netflix and Hulu. Or is there? ;)
As the weekend approaches, I’m reflecting on thankfulness for my health and praying for those who are down. Physically and mentally. I woke up feeling back to myself yesterday and thankful for all of those people I mentioned who have my back and who I’m blessed to call friends. Then I came into work to holidays cards and gifts on my desk. I couldn’t be more grateful. As we approach Christmas, I wish you health and so, so much love. If the flu does find you, I hope you have someone at your side. Not that I think you aren’t tough enough on your own, but a little support is pretty great in these moments. If you don’t, call your neighbors at Trinity or call me.
P.S. I’m a big music fan. Music makes me feel good. Well, not every song of course. Today it’s happy music! I want to start sharing what I’m listening to sometimes. Here are a couple. Share any in the comments, please!
P.S.S Caboodle always knows when I don’t feel myself. He slept on my pillow with me while I was sick. (this photo was before, clearly.) I just love him and wanted to share.
Everyone is in full swing of the holiday spirit and busy schedules. It’s kind of weird but the holidays feel different to me than when I was younger. Not that it’s less exciting, but just not as much anticipation I guess. It’s almost as if it’s calmer. It gives me more time to remember what this is really all about.
We all know having faith can be hard sometimes. You wonder why bad things happen. And how people can deal with things they go through. I don’t want to be a person who pushes God on people. But I can’t imagine getting through it without some belief there’s a plan, even if it’s far off in the distance and we may never understand.
Advent is a good reminder of being patient and having faith during those times when faith is hard to obtain. As we wait for the coming of Jesus, there are #Advent words we can reflect on during the season. I wrote about mine being “wild” and “smooth.” I think one of my favorites though was “grow.” I like that word because we think so much about being patient and waiting and having faith but we don’t really think about how that’s making us grow as a person and grow on our journey. It’s a part of our religious journey during the season to wait and grow and with busy schedules we can forget that.
I like that the holiday season has become a little different for me. I have more time to think about growing and having faith. And I hope those who are going through horrible things can step back from their schedules and take time for this themselves.
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