Christmas in the Hospital

I had looked so forward to decorating the Christmas tree and watch the holiday cartoon with the kids. It was Rian’s first Christmas and I wanted to make a lasting memory of it…boy did I. Miriam, Will, Caelan and Rian had packed up all the gifts int he car and headed the 30 miles to the hospital to have our family Christmas. They were all still in there pajama’s so I could imagine the looks on the faces of those in the hospital as they came bearing gifts. The kids didsn’t care where Christmas was…just that it was. I think all too often we worry about all the perfecct deatails and forget it’s the Who of Christmas we celebrate and not the what. Go to Broken Healer on facebook and watch the video.


Amazing how an anniversary no matter what it’s of stirs memories and flashbacks of pictures. I woke up several time during the night last night transported back into the shared room on the trauma unit of the University of Iowa hospital. It was December 4th, 2006 all over again. That nigh was spent in unrelenting pain as the meds had little effect. That first night I shared a room with a man in his
60’s (poor soul didn’t get a wink of sleep that night) and I remember hearing him pray for me every time I regained consciousness. As they wheeled me to a private room the next morning he said he would continue to pray for my recovery. I never got his name and vaguely remember what he looked like but his prayers still impact my life to this day. James 5:16, The prayers of a righteous person are powerful and effective.

While I’m Waiting

“And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!” (Isaiah 30:18, Amp).

Tis the season to wait…wait in the checkout line at the store, wait for the kids to get their picture with Santa. But this scripture tells us that the Lord is waiting for us to spend time with him. In this busy season don’t keep him waiting.