Ray Carmichael Christmas poster
Ray Carmichael Christmas poster

“I don’t want a tree this year.

Our apartment is too small.

We’ve had so much stress in the last year and a half.

I am tired. My husband is tired.

Let’s just forget it.”

Those were my words.

Our daughter Sara had a different plan.

Sara was hospitalized more than 3 weeks recently. One night she almost died, as the liquid around her heart and lungs took her oxygen level down to 52%.

God apparently had another plan. Sara recovered. She is back living in our house with her 19-year-old son.

What stress I went through as she had her second bout with near death in less than a year. All of this started happening shortly after my two major surgeries (with difficulties) last year.


Sara and friend Amanda put up our Christmas decorations here in our small apartment yesterday.

Sometimes I just don’t know what to think about all these stresses…her health problems and mine.

How can I relax? How can I “Let go and let God”?

This morning my husband Bob awoke with a cramp in his right leg. I “sprang out of bed” (I was already awake at 5 a.m.) to rub his leg. Now he is back asleep. But I’ve been up ever since. Here I am drinking coffee and enjoying all of the Christmas lights and décor in our small apartment.

I’ve been thanking God for blessings, as I gaze at the Christmas ornaments people have made for us in years past and those we have purchased from prior good times. My Dad painted the Santa picture just before he died in 1969. He was so talented. How lucky I’ve been to have been born into a family with such a loving and talented father.

What about the piano? My husband bought that for me with part of his inheritance from his Mother who played the piano.

Whenever I question our moving to such a small apartment, I’m reminded of how many people here at Marquette have appreciated the music gift God gave me.

Today’s Bible verse was so fitting and timely.

An email just came announcing my “StoryWorth” book would be delivered today. Hooray! Another blessing. I worked so hard on that book. I’m anxious to share it.

Enough said. It’s time to put on my compression garments and eat breakfast. Today, the Doctor will be checking the progress made in the last month by wearing those hose and wraps. Can more be done with those leaky valves in my legs?

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” (Psalm 37:7)


Thank God for another day.

Contributed by:  Beverly Heid


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2 thoughts on “Christmas Blessings

  1. What a wonderful story. So glad you both are so happy at Marquette and putting all your talents to good use. We all are so blessed in so many ways.

  2. It is the best time to make some plans for the future
    and it is time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I want to suggest you few interesting things or suggestions.
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    I wish to read more things about it!

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