My Timely Holiday Reminders

Jo Rozier

My Timely Holiday Reminders

Jo Rozier
It would be so easy to focus on the negatives from this holiday season. Sharon described my holiday perfectly on her blog post Moments: “There were joyful moments, overwhelming moments, wonderful moments, discouraging moments, blessed moments, chaotic moments, and relieved moments.” Separate and unrelated from each other my “holiday” has included two Dr’s visits and plenty of drama involving both parents and both children.

I’m typing this from the waiting room of the Emergency Room waiting for Mom to be seen. My Dad is sick and back at the living facility. My son is sick at home. There’s much, much more. The details of this holiday depress me. Sitting in a packed ER on New Year’s Eve depresses me. What lifts my spirit is when I force myself to remember the other stuff that happened this holiday.

Christmas Eve just before midnight, I lay in the bed my mind racing with the urgent and conflicting needs of my children and parents I heard this song come over the radio station:

All is Well (note: song volume starts off really quiet)

The entire song was so peaceful and calming but that early Christmas morning these words gripped me:

Born is now Emmanuel
Born is our Lord and Savior
Sing Alleluia
Sing Alleluia
All is well

Despite everything, I knew everything was going to be alright.

A family tradition of ours is to view the movie “Charlie Brown’s Christmas” on Christmas morning. I especially like the part where Linus recites the account of Jesus’ birth from the book of Luke. I always note when he comes to the words, “…fear not…” He drops his always present security blanket and gestures freely. Recounting the meaning of Christmas, he’s no longer afraid. I didn’t have to be either.

This year I noticed for the first time Linus drops his security blanket one other time in the same cartoon. It’s near the end when the Peanuts Gang decides to fix up the pathetic tree Charlie Brown has picked. Linus wraps the base of the tree with his blanket noting aloud that all this ‘tree’ really needs is a little love. Love given away is often the best type of love and hadn’t I been doing plenty of that this holiday?

The Dr hasn’t seen us yet, I have two other sick people in my immediate family and I still hesitate to answer when people ask me how was the holiday but when I stop to think about it…to think about ALL of it, I have to admit… “All is Well”.