Monday, December 28, 2009

Tuesday 12/29/09 - "ONE MORE CHRISTMAS"

"ONE MORE CHRISTMAS"

There will be one more Christmas celebration in this household. Tomorrow son and his wife will be coming and there will be holidaying again. There will be baked brie and other snacks to eat, packages to be opened, and a ham dinner to be enjoyed.

When I got home from the hospital, I started in on the cleaning. I worked hard, my back was hurting, but it's night now and the back is fine. I've done most of what I wanted to accomplish. I do still have time to get a few things done tomorrow.

I still have the pastry to roll out to cover the brie that has already been stuffed with cherries and almonds. I also need to prepare the ham for the oven, but that shouldn't take too long. I have my menu written out and a timetable for the oven so I don't forget something.

I had planned to skip my Tuesday morning Al-Anon meeting tomorrow, but I think I may be able to make it. My guests probably won't get here till later in the afternoon. That would make me so happy. I need some spiritual and emotional balancing-out.

I had one of those really extraordinary days in the hospital this morning. It began with one of my first visits and almost immediately the woman in front of me told me she was in the hospital because of her alcoholism. She was weak and looked beaten and frightened. She seemed to be in that state of demoralization we know so well. I told her I was sober 24 years and that I would share with her what had worked for me. While I was there, they came to take her for an ultrasound so I went back to see her again just before I left at the end of my shift. She described some of her drinking history. The longest she had been sober was almost three months when she drank again. Her doctor told her, one more drink and she would die. She said she didn't want to die. I asked if she had a sponsor and worked the steps in Alcoholics Anonymous when she attended meetings and she said, "no". I told her she needed a higher power with the strength she lacks that could keep her sober. I explained how to go about making that connection with God - get a sponsor and work the twelve steps. We prayed. God was present. I gave her my personal numbers. Pray for her, please.

Love to you all,
Prayer Girl

(Photo credit: Santa Baby by Traci Bender)

11 comments:

Wanda's Wings said...

You sound like you great great strength form your meetings. I don't have a drinking problem, but grew up in a family full of alcoholism. Maybe the groups would help. I hope you have a wonderful time with your family. Your menu sounds yummy. Thank you for all your support.

Colleen said...

I will pray for her AND you. God surely brought you two together. Enjoy tomorrow with your son!

Shadow said...

baked brie... baked brie??? baked brie!!! i gotta have some baked brie!!!!! have a good celebration with your son and daughter-in-law tomorrow.

Madison said...

I will pray for her today. So sad. God put you in her path.

Brian Miller said...

how cool that you were in the right place and willing to be used...you have hopefully changed her life for the better. hope you hav a great christmas today...

Syd said...

You provide so much comfort to so many. I hope that you get some spiritual comfort from your meeting and the visit of your son.

Lou said...

If more people gave of their time and hope, as you do, there would be less loneliness in the hospital. And when people are less lonely, they heal faster.

Blessed are those who feel your caring touch.

wolfie185 said...

Wonderful 12th step. Isn't it amazing when God provides these oppurtunities out of nowhere, a reminder of why we need to stay spiritually fit. I will pray for her.

I hope you have a great visit with your son and his wife. I get to have Christmas on Wednesday with my daughter, granddaughter and mom.

Take Care
Scott

Mama Zen said...

Have a wonderful one more Christmas!

Enchanted Oak said...

God really blessed you today. May your last Christmas be bright and cheery. The lady is in my prayers.

Kim A. said...

Someone was there when my mom needed to hear it just like you were there today. I get goosebumps still when I hear about moments like you had today. God's handprint is all over this one. Enjoy your family and brie..(i am so wanting some brie now)

Namaste