The Gift of Health

Tis the season for fun and visiting and enjoying the holidays. And a time to be thankful for the gift of health.

Being healthy is something that I am very grateful for.  I do have some issues but nothing too serious. I feel very blessed about that.  This time of year is called cold and flu season and that is certainly no fun at all, but the good thing is that it is temporary.

On Sunday, I woke up not feeling very good. I went to a walk-in clinic and was told that I have an upper respiratory viral infection. They said I should be better in a week rest and fluids, some over the counter medicine and a balanced diet. This is a virus that is going around so be careful – stay rested and sneeze into your elbow not all over someone like we sometimes do.

This isn’t fun certainly and I was little bit bummed since there is so much to do.  Then later that night, I watched a movie on The Hallmark Channel about a young girl with cancer.  Suddenly my illness seemed so minor and I found myself getting so involved in the story that I was crying.  You see, I was thinking about my own family and realizing how fortunate we are that everyone is healthy. I realized that I sometimes take that fact for granted.  But I have to remember that good health is a gift.

We are blessed not to have to deal with radiation and chemo, constant pain and discomfort, numerous shots and visits to the doctor and hospital.  Some people, however, deal with those things every day.  My heart goes out to them.  As I watched this movie where it looked like the girl wouldn’t live very long, I couldn’t help but wonder how do parents deal with a child who has cancer?  Or a person losing their mate or partner? I think these people are much stronger than I am, that’s for sure.

I am so thankful for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, all children’s hospitals, cancer centers, heart specialists, Shriners hospitals, hospice facilities, and nursing homes.  The people who work at these facilities are amazing and so helpful when people are at their absolute worst. They help people (adults and children) through very dark times and work with them to the good times. God bless them.

I have a friend from college who has been battling several types of cancer for a while now. Yet, she is one of the most positive and happy people who I know.  Her secret is her faith in Christ who has helped her through it all.  And, she truly realizes that each day she has is a gift. She is an inspiration. May we all have that strength and faith.

Lord let us be truly thankful for our health. And Lord, please comfort those who are suffering.  And, I wonder if we can remember how blessed we are to be healthy.

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