Parish Nurse Health Note for December 11, 2016
The music, the displays, the beautiful decorations … all these things are a huge part of our Advent season in our environment. The spirit of giving is in the air, and the laughter and smiles from the children as they successfully perform the Christmas story each week is a catching feeling that we are all experiencing in some way.
With all the health issues in my family recently, it is sometimes a real chore to find the strength to laugh, to smile, to feel the joy of the season, and then The Lord sent some humor and laughter my way, at the Parish Nurse Christmas Tea this past week. I realized how much better I felt after hearing a rousing presentation full of joy and laughter from a story teller who turned her own very difficult life experiences into a story of love, laughter, and healing. We laughed, we saw similarities in our own life experiences, and we left with a heart filled with love and good fellowship (and a red nose prop in case we needed to act out a bit!).
Psalm 4:7 ESV says: You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.
In Luke 6:21 we read: ”Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.”
As we continue our Advent journey, I am encouraging each of you to keep a journal of your health journey in the midst of all the celebrating. Traditions and celebrations keep us moving and busy, but that can sometimes keep us from our daily walk in whole health in our faith journey. Jot down thoughts each day, just a few words are okay, that express your day or few days if you miss a couple days.
A great prescription for health and happiness can be found in Proverbs 16:24 ESV: Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
So, as the shopping, baking, children’s programs, special activities, snow and ice, and more, start to bring on the frowns and the high blood pressure, colds and flu that go with the pressure of the season … turn to the Bible for your strength and turn your life into stories of joy and laughter that will weave a quilt of a wonderful earthly journey. And if you see me with my red nose prop, you’ll know that it is time for a joyful heart and a smile to grace the day!
Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace Lutheran, firstname.lastname@example.org