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Harula’s GLADvent Calendard


December 11

It is health that is real wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver. (Gandhi)

eunicecropYesterday I wrote about how part of what helps me enjoy Christmas the most is seeing it through the eyes of a child, but then in the afternoon I went to visit 104-year-old Eunice, one of my friends from church, and I had a bit of an epiphany.

Eunice has not been in the best of HEALTH lately. In fact, two weeks ago she had a bad fall and cracked her pelvis and a rib. But despite the fall and the pain she’s been in, she actually looked better to me than she has for the past several months since she was moved from the facility she’s been in for 18 years to a place where she knows no one. She’s been there for four months now and has struggled some with depression.

139020-283x424-gift_for_grandmaAt least part of the reason for her good mood, I suspect, was that her room was all decorated for Christmas. And that’s when the epiphany hit. You see every Christmas the young kids at church make goody bags for the shut-ins and folks who are ill. Those of us in the Care ministry get to deliver them. What flashed through my mind was all the times I’ve done that over the past several years and the way these folks’ eyes light up when they open their little bags full of gifts and candy. Their response is very, very child-like. There is that magic again that I saw in little Caleb’s face when he ripped the paper off his gifts.

Thinking about it later made me wonder if the OLDER we get on the outside, the YOUNGER we get on the inside. I often hear the expression, “It’s all on a wheel, it all comes around.” Perhaps that’s how it’s meant to be. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all find that joy and wonder again as we get older?

Irregardless, my pondering about it on the way home led me to the conclusion that Christmas Magic really is good for your HEALTH!



Picture Source:
Harula’s stocking — https://wordsthatserve.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/gladvent-day-11/
Eunice — personal
Grandma opening gift — Senior Citizens – LoveToKnow
Christmas Magic — The Inquisitr