Christmas takes on fresh perspective as one grows older and learns to face the challenges of life…including dealing with RA. Yes, the gifts, food, and family time are all still there. But true and lasting peace is not found in these things. And as distracting as dealing with a chronic illness can be, it cannot push away true peace.
RAers may deal with pain, multiple medications and their side effects, and thoughts about the future. As serious as those things may be, in the grand scheme of things they pale in comparison to the promise made by the angels to the shepherds on that first Christmas day…
“Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:14 (NLT)
My favorite telling of this story is when Charlie Brown asks, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Linus replies with a beautiful monologue. It is a must watch every year and can be found on YouTube.
I will be taking a blogging break until after the 1st of the year. I plan to write future posts on natural weapons against RA, genetics and effectiveness of TNF-blockers, and pharmaeconomics (costs and benefits of expensive treatments).
Blessings to all until then. Andrew