I intended to write this blog last Friday, but life got in the way. My father had knee replacement surgery. I know this isn’t radical surgery in today’s world, but he’s 88 years old. He was in pain, but his most pressing reason for going forward with the surgery was because he’s only able to play 9 holes of golf several times a week instead of his usual 18 holes, and he wants to get back to riding his bicycle on a regular basis.
While he was in the hospital, his 90-year-old brother stopped by to visit. My adorable Uncle informed us that he’s thinking of retiring sometime in 2014. Yes, he still works 40 hours a week as a butcher and when he’s not at work, he has lots of woodworking projects, yard work and time to be spent with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dad is home and doing great. He takes great pride in the fact that he hasn’t had to take a pain pill and the physical therapist is completely amazed at his progress and positive attitude. This is a heck of a burden for the rest of us, as my cousin said, “we have a lot to live up to”.
Anyhow, the delay in writing this blog takes it from just another blog to a blog written at a time of celebration and thanksgiving. A celebration for the birth of a child that has insured salvation for anyone who wants it. Thanksgiving for all He has given to us – especially my dad’s successful surgery and recovery.
I have lots of prayers that pass my lips on a daily basis. I try to remember to thank God for all of his blessings first and apologize for all of my bad decisions, before I dump my laundry lists of requests on him. Thank goodness he is merciful and forgives me my selfish requests – and my bad decisions.
My prayer for you this holiday season is for a wonderful Christmas filled with wonder, awe, joy, family and friends. I also pray for a prosperous New Year for each of you. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Hanukkah. For anyone else I missed, I wish you happy holidays! See you in 2014!