Calling In Sick

I have a cold. It started coming on right after Thanksgiving. My body is achy, my sinuses are stuffed and/or running, my mind is fuzzy and my throat is sore. I'm sick.

I have always joked that I don't have time to be sick, I'll have to reschedule. There always seems to be so much to do - especially this time of year. I really don't have time to lay around and whine.

We do not condone the commercialism of Christmas. We do not run from party to party or become overly involved with church or community programs. We do not buy people presents just for the sake of them having something to open Christmas morning. We do not go overboard on our decorations or meals. We do however, open our home to friends and family as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We want our home to be clean and comfortable and decorated with signs that show us that this day is different than, say, August 23rd. We desire to give our friends and family members gifts (store bought or home made) as we take part in remembering that all important Birth Day.

And so, there are rooms to clean and prepare for company; furniture to rearrange to make room for the decorations; meals to plan & prepare and make ahead where possible; cookies and baked goods to make & decorate with the kids; and gifts to buy and wrap. In the middle of all the seasonal joy, there is still laundry, dusting, vacuuming and every day cooking & cleaning.

Have you ever noticed that the size of your workload is directly proportionate with the size of your cold? Doctors are saying that they have found the hormone that stops your immune system from functioning properly. It is released into your system during times of stress. Well, aint that a kicker? No wonder the Lord God told us not to worry!

Well, having just read all of that, I decided to take a day off. We are all just chillin at my house today. Listening to Christmas Praise music, playing games, sitting outside in the cool but sunny yard. I even took a long bath! Right in the middle of the day! Supper tonight will be light and simple. We have no demands on our time this evening.

I'm hoping a day off will give my body a little boost in fighting off this nasty bug. I also hope that a day off will remind me that tomorrow - when activity is back in full swing - I can keep working without letting that little hormone take hold. I don't have to stress about these things, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I can do them joyfully, as unto the Lord.

I wonder if Mary had a cold on her way to Bethlehem??

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