Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Giving The Worry To Him And Merry Christmas
We have lost many wonderful women from ovarian cancer this year and several of them I knew quite well. As we prepare for the coming of Christ and the coming of the New Year, let us pause to pray for those who lit up our hearts and that are now living in eternity.
Keep your faith and keep your hope, in people and in God. Many strides were made this year in ovarian cancer testing and treatment. We know not what is around the corner and it is possible that what lies ahead brings longer lives with fewer side effects.
If this time of year is difficult for you, either from the loss of a dear friend or loved one, know that you are in my prayers and the prayers of many throughout the world. You are not alone.
I feel joyful for the first time in many years this Christmas. It is sincerely a real struggle at times with mom being gone but overall the memories are getting more positive and I am excited to see her when my time comes.
I look at her photo every day, tap on a kiss and say "I love you mom". This morning I was putting on purple socks and I could hear her giggling.
Spending some time handcrafting soaps is my "go to" happy place for the holidays. Many of the soaps will be given away at our parish breakfast this coming Sunday. The rest will be donated to shelters in the Seattle area.
So far I have spent time with friends to see Christmas lights in the Bellevue Botanical Garden, attended a church Christmas concert, spent a fantastic afternoon with a gentlemen friend for a Christmas dinner, and attended a presentation of "The Nutcracker". I look at my lit tree every morning and evening, say my prayers and think about my family far away.
Look for the little joys and listen for the Holy Spirit for He will guide you if you allow it. I have to do this, I don't just say this. For example, my CA125 went up a little and this is probably because I had a break from Avastin due to an unexpected surgery. I was worried for a few minutes then I went silent, prayed and asked God to continue to guide me in what direction He sees fit. I have to stay centered with the Lord, it keeps me steady and happy. I give that worry to Him.
I pray to Our Holy Mother of God that your heart awakens joyfully for the Coming of Our Lord Jesus this Christmas. Let Him be your refuge and give you His Love.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!