Shalom

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day have come and gone. One of the most stressful, anxiety-filled seasons of the year (along with the joy, wonder, awe, etc.). In a very compartmentalized part of myself, I dreaded it, because of all.the.things. The parties, the can’t-get-out-of-it commitments, the family drama (of which we have oh-so-much. Yay us.).

When your husband has depression that robs him of every last ounce of energy for dealing with people and socially normal things, the Christmas season feels a little like a ticking time bomb. How long before he’s d.o.n.e. and retreats into The Pit? How long before I have to come up with reasons for why he’s not at this or that party…again?

I kept waiting….and waiting….and then cautiously optimistically enjoying events…but still waiting. And, it never came. God has blessed us with 2 of the most consistently healthy, wonderful months we’ve had all at one time, ever. It’s been beyond-words amazing. Peace-filled, restful, restorative. A calm in the midst of a storm, a reprieve from battle.

So I (we) have enjoyed it, and not tried to analyze it too much by writing, but instead praise God (every.day.) for it and live it.

The Hebrew word “shalom”¬†means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.

Just, yes.

This has characterized the last 2 months for us, and we pray it continues. Forever.

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