Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." Genesis 9:13

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Hopes for Today

-Every patient will cooperate without any pushing.
-All my patients will be ready when I need them.
-PT will take all the pain away for the next 48 hours.
-No admissions. (Unlikely since one person was supposed to come yesterday and was kept "one more night" which means unless she is about to die at the moment they pick herup she'll be sent to the nursing home today. And the unfortunate thing is she is at the far nursing home and I really don't want to have to drive there).
-I'll be done in less than 8 hours.

-And most of all, that all of you will have calm, peaceful Christmas Eves.

1 comment:

Michal Ann said...

I'm sure it's a lousy time to be an elderly person with chronic problems and pain to be hospitalized. Many people have nothing to look forward to this holiday..only increasing infirmity and loss. How "merry" is Christmas for the shut-ins?" I'm sure glad a group of us from church got that opportunity to make parties for two wards at the Veteran's hospital. Word is coming in about how thrilled they were to receive love and attention...gifts, food, music, good cheer. I'll try to keep such things in mind as I do the scurry and go crazy part of Christmas Eve which may abate in the evening gathering at my daughter's in-laws.
Things are going VERY well with the new twin Jewish nieces up at my sister's home (a couple hours north of here). Julie Andrews is celebrating the "Reason for the Season" with hallelujahs in the background to keep my focus much higher than my chores. Wow you were amazing in getting all your Christmas gifts prepared well ahead of time.
Again, please pray that the memorial service for my uncle on the 26th will go well and particularly that the nieces will come and "enjoy" meeting more extended family for the first time. In recent years, I have only attended the church for my parents' memorial services but it's a lovely place and Christ is honored (even if it's a "gay transexual and lesbian friendly" Lutheran church). I try to love and welcome all people but I don't care for the emphasis and the implications.
Isaiah 9:6

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,

My Uncle Whitey's service will be at PRINCE OF PEACE Lutheran ...lots of other stuff going on. I sure need that Wonderful, Counselor...and His peace.

May you find time to reflect of "O Holy Night" tonight. That song is one of few things that touched my heart Christmas Eve in Sweden when I was a 17-18 year old very lonely lonely lonely exchange student. It touched me to the core with awe and excitement at the import of the night when Christ was born. I only heard a violin solo at the hospital where my host was a doctor (radiologist) but I could hardly sleep I was so excited.

At dawn, it seemed that the entire town went to church, walking through the snow in the dark streets. Few people attended church the rest of the year but it was wonderful to gather Christmas morning and to truly be impacted by the fact that GOD SPEAKS SWEDISH and hears His people's heart cry in any language, even the language of "groaning too deep for words." (See Romans 8.)

(An aside: just yesterday I got notice of my Swedish host father's November death. I feel so guilty that I didn't keep up correspondence with my the family. For many years, I've been too overwhelmed to write about the chaos...)

BUT, it's good to remember that because of the birth of Christ we have hope and strength through His presence.

Interesting that the first five letters of the code I have to enter to comment today are M-I-C-A-L...

In His Holy name, Michal Ann

and now...here's your sweet Christmas card! Merry, blessed Christmas to you!