If going home from a hospital the day before Thanksgiving acted as one bookend for this holiday season, a follow-up appointment with my cardiologist this morning felt like the other. After assurances that my blood pressure was responding marvelously to the new medications, the doctor answered one pressing question of mine: were my days shoveling snow over with this new diagnosis and reinvigorated health regimen?
To Marc’s relief and even – I discovered – to mine, the answer was No.
Amid all the usual cautions connected to New England winter weather, my doctor urged the value of maintaining regular physical exertion as a help to maintaining a healthy heart.
In so many ways I could say that a key focus of mine for the past two years has been a healthy heart – experienced on the emotional level, on the psychological level, on the spiritual level, and now, it turns out, on the physical level as well.
Read from all those perspectives, the sayings that emerged in my prayer this Advent and Christmas season and that found their way onto pieces of paper that I kept safe in my prayer book constitute what seems a message that God wants – at this point in my life, still wants – what is good for me. I offer these sayings in the event that they might provide even one reader with a similar reassurance about the hopes in her own life or his.
Stay calm. Don’t run away.
Wait. There’s something you have to hear.
Still not yet. It can’t yet be seen.
There’s nothing you need that I don’t know about.
Healing is what I do.
I will be about joy.
How could I want anything but what’s good for you?
And what’s happy?
Have I not done good for you?
No part of you will be lost.
It doesn’t have to be clear now, does it?
Why would I keep anything good from you?
I will not take anything from you.
I will not make anything difficult for you.
I have done this much for you. Trust.
Patience. I am at home with you.
I have plans for you, plans for your welfare.
Seek me with all your heart.
It is no mistake, your heart.
Your love is a worthy gift.
I am so proud of you.
This is a learning day.
I want you free.
Happy New Year!