Merry Christmas, Vintage Style

Merry Christmas from abodyofhope

Tidings! Me and baby Santa (a.k.a. my little sister) wish you a warm, and full Christmas, and a 2016 that is brimming with answered prayers, opportunities to give to others, and so much energy that you won’t know what hit you!

Thank you all so much for reading, for leaving comments, for hitting like, for sharing, and for being supportive of this “physical therapy experiment.” Getting to know you has been a wonderful gift in 2015.


 

Chronic Illness Christmas

No matter what last year or years past have looked like… What traditions I may have cherished… Whether or not I still have the people in my life who have been precious to me in years past… And even if I can’t leave my bed again this year for the holidays… I won’t compare this holiday to others. I won’t allow all of the endings and losses to get into my head today. It’s the time to celebrate Christ’s birthday. Mary and Joseph didn’t need everything just so to have a celebration for His birth that night. The people who were supposed to be there for them had tossed them out the door when they most needed help. But new people showed up for them.

Actually, I am wrong. I keep saying, “I won’t” and “I’ve decided” but this has been a prayer for a while, for comfort to get through these holidays. So it isn’t my doing at all. I know that. And I can’t take the credit. It’s an answer to many cries to God. A Christmas miracle, if you will.

I pray now, for those alone and in pain, that you are comforted in your spirit this Christmas. Β 

~Peace~

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:13

About abodyofhope

I do not know why it is that we must wade through tragic circumstances to find truth. We nearly drown! But under the water, there are pearls. I hope in writing this blog, more will come to the surface. Over the past 15 years living with chronic pain, patient advocacy has had a powerful effect on my life through meeting so many remarkable teens, women and men: SURVIVORS. These individuals are HOPE personified. I wish to honor them in the same spirit they have encouraged me to press on. Eight years ago, I became bed-bound from a variety of secondary chronic illnesses. A procedure meant to help the pain condition I had been managing for several years- went bust #BIGTIME. Over the years, my entire life has changed. I have changed, but I am still striving to live my best life possible. Along with sharing inspiring pieces about spiritual wellness and finding quality of life inside of ongoing illness, I also share health research, awareness information, poetry, memes, art, and this blog is also an attempt to put my own pieces back together. Welcome to A Body of Hope, and thank you for visiting. [Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ RSD, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Dysautonomia, Chronic Intractable Migraine, Cluster headache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, Hypersensitivity to Sound & Light, Fibro, CFS/ME, Cerebrospinal Fluid Imbalance......blah, blah, blah] >>> P.S. My headgear is protective for pain. I just rock it hard ;)

Posted on December 24, 2015, in HappyNewYear, Holidays, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. May you experience many more miracles. You deserve them and so much more. Merry Christmas, and a 2016 filled with healing and joy. Big soft hug.

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  2. Happy Christmas, Mary! Thank you for being such a great supporter, friend, fellow shuffler-through-life! Love to you and to everyone who loves you–Mark.

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    • Thank you, Mark! What a sweet holiday wish from you πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas to you, friend. I hope you are feeling as well as possible today, and can enjoy festivities and making memories with people who love you. Happy days ahead to you! Big virtual hugs,
      Mary

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  3. Just Plain Ol' Vic

    Merry Christmas 🌲 and best wishes for a safe and blessed New Years 🍾

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  4. Thank you

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  5. Thank you, Mary, for this beautiful post “Chronic Illness Christmas” and putting things in proper perspective. No matter how muddled life gets, I love that you always see Truth! God bless! And Merry Christmas!!

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    • Thank you, Jane for the lovely Christmas wishes and for being such an encouraging reader of this page over the past year. Friends like you are a gift! Merry Christmas to you and blessings ahead,
      ❀ Mary

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  6. Sending you a gentle hug. Wishing you a joyful Christmas season and a blessed 2016 filled with more of your inspiring blog posts. Thank you for helping me find some joy in mine this year ❀

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  7. P.S an adorable picture! πŸ™‚

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