The week between Christmas and New Years is probably my favorite of the year. It’s a joy (and often a relief) to look back on the past year, and wonder about the next, all in the pleasure of relaxing from preparing for Christmas and preparing to launch a new year. In the spirit of looking back, we watched the Christmas classic “Home Alone,” a family favorite, for the first time start-to-finish in several years. It’s now 25 years old and even more entertaining as we remember so vividly life in the early 90’s. No cell phones, no security practices for airports and travel. The McAllister family had its issues no doubt, though in truth the best thing to do is probably just to laugh at the truth that all families, including our own, do!
Of course, even cell phones would not have changed an alarm clock not going off, but overall, would cell phones have changed the course of this story and others in history?
A cell phone would definitely have changed things for Mary and Joseph. He’d have known hours or days ahead of time that there was no room in the Inn. In truth, however, it turned out exactly as it was supposed to, and exactly as it was foretold, even without cell phones to confirm reservations or the arrival date of the Three Kings.
As my oldest daughter and I talked about the Christmas story last week, we realized that many facts of the Nativity story and the Home Alone Story is EVERY family’s story: things that should be a breeze go horribly wrong, either slowly or in a matter of hours or minutes. Miscommunications and misunderstandings lead to problems (and sometimes hurt feelings) nobody could have imagined 24 hours earlier. For all we know Joseph DID have a reservation that fell through at the last minute! Maybe Mary’s best friend, sister, or even her mother WAS supposed to be there, and missed the pick-up point. Once again, oh – for a cell phone! My heart aches for not just Mary in her distress, but Kevin’s Mother in Home Alone, and Joseph, oh, poor Joseph! Chosen by God to provide for the Savior of the World, he couldn’t even find a comfortably equipped room for Mary to deliver this divine child. My heart goes out to angst he must have experienced.
But these things are just life … and families. With or without cell phones, even with everyone doing their best, things happen and we come up short. For the greatest of the prophets and for the least of us, families are families, comprised of individuals that for the most part, I believe, are doing their best.
The difference with this story is that little Jesus safely and wonderously came. And because He came, everything that was wrong became acceptable and right. In fact, what started out as a sad and distressing event became celebrated, perfect and the greatest story ever told!
In that way, we CAN all be like the Holy Family. He can come to us too! When things are wrong, welcoming little Jesus will make things better than they were before. The problems may not be change, but hearts can be, and will be. We can then celebrate the difference His presence makes when we willingly cast our burdens upon him as He asks and instructs us to do. In some profound miracle that only the Atonement can encompass, our sadnesses and mistakes and stories, become, like the Christmas Story, a very beautiful and meaningful thing that make us much better than who we were before.
We know precious little of the Savior’s baby and boyhood years. For that matter, the little we do know of His adult life is examined and re-examined for just a little bit more understanding and insight into Him, His words, His acts, His days and His ways.
One thing we do know is that he was thronged from the beginning by those who hoped for healings of a physical nature: for sickness, disease, crippled limbs, blind eyes and unhearing ears. And heal them He did! With his hands, with a prayer, with an anointing … Yes! Heal He did. And still He does.
It’s a marvel and miracle to know that the bodies that we are blessed with are programmed for both sickness and disease, both healing and fitness. These are miracles far beyond cell phones, and may change the outcome of our own stories and histories.
With the New Year just around the corner, I’m asking myself, and asking you to ask yourself:
If He were here, would we be asking for a blessing for a health condition that we could have healed on our own with health and exercise? Would we ask for help in preventing a health condition that may become a problem at our current weight and fitness level?”
If that were the case, would He be happy to lay his hands on our heads and offer a prayer and quickly heal us? Or would He kindly hug us and say, “Thou knowest what to do! Go therefore and eat wisely! Exercise! And partake freely of the foods I have prepared to be nutritious for thee!” Or would He share the law of the harvest with a sad smile and help us see that our health choices have created a reality that we must live with.
In our hearts we may be hoping for something as magical as a cell phone to change the course of our health history, when His plan is, as Mary and Joseph will testistfy, much different.
I hope that with a bit of time during the relaxing week between Christmas and New Years’, that you’ll ponder that question, “Would Jesus heal my health with my current health lifestlye?” and spend a bit of time .www.DiscoveringTheWordofWisdom.com.
I’ll be back next week with some thoughts for starting a Healthy New Year!
Carolyn Allen is the Author of 60 Seconds to Weight Loss Success, One Minute Inspirations to Change Your Thinking, Your Weight and Your Life, available HERE.
She has been providing mental and spiritual approaches for weight loss success both online and in the Washington, DC community since 1999 presenting for Weight Watchers, First Class, Fairfax County Adult Education and other community groups. She and her husband Bob are the parents of five children and grandparents of ten. They are now happy empty nesters in Jackson Tennessee, close to Memphis where they center their online business and enjoy the beautiful sunsets from their back porch.