My heart is full of joy at the prospect of seeing The Star of Bethlehem this evening. What an incredible thing to hopefully experience; although it’s presently cloudy here. The star was last seen 800 years ago. I find it to be a miraculous occurrence, especially with the year we have all had. What a welcome sign of beauty, peace and hope; even if I don’t actually get to view it.
I have written multiple times, this year, about the mental challenges that accompany constant illness. It seems minimizing to only depict it as “difficult” to live with chronic illness. It is easy to become engulfed in the struggles of the mere existence, of a chronic life and not take notice of everything else our lives also entail. If anything, constantly feeling horrible forces me to take pause and truly appreciate all the good I do have and the joyful, peaceful moments when I feel well.
As I end this year, I admit to having been brought to the knees of desperation multiple times. It’s the miracle of getting up that I never want anyone to miss in what I write. No matter how hard we are hit, how much we struggle or how challenging it is, to simply get out of bed some days, we do it. And in the middle of all those angst filled times, we still find the strength to love, uplift, support and encourage others. So we needn’t look far for the everyday miracles. We embody them.
So that is how I would like to close this year; grateful to still have the ability to find and see good, to be alive and to have love in my life. Because those things, themselves, are miraculous.
I am wishing you and yours the Happiest of Holidays and a very Merry Christmas. I am grateful not only to be able to write, but to have so many wonderful and supportive people in my life, through the power of Blogging. I am so grateful for all of your love and encouragement throughout the year.
From my house to yours, I send my love <3 Stace
***We have been incredibly fortunate to have not lost any loved ones due to Covid. And as I count my Blessings and focus on how fortunate we have been, I know others have suffered immeasurable losses and endured terrible illness. I know some, for reasons not due to Covid, struggle immensely this time of year. My heart goes out to each and every one of you, please know you are not alone <3