30 December, 2011

Bless Her Heart

There's a phrase that's used in the south: "Bless Her/His Heart".  It's come to be a way of making things all right after a statement is made regarding a person that might not be all that flattering, for example: "She means well... bless her heart." This might be said to cover the fact that the person being referred to did, indeed, mean well but perhaps didn't know any better. One needs to read between the lines to decipher the meaning; it's not a phrase I'm fond of at all as it sounds, albeit polite, a bit insulting. I have a friend who's had chronic heart issues; serious, life-threatening, heart issues. This year she is recuperating at her daughter's home following yet another heart scare over Thanksgiving. I didn't receive a Christmas card from her this year and I miss its presence in this basket that sits beside our kitchen table. Years ago, while visiting her home for dinner, she told me that when she and her husband packed away Christmas decorations they saved out all the cards and placed them near the Bible and daily devotional guides. Each morning after that, as they concluded devotions, they would pray for the person or family whose card was chosen, they would continue to do this all year and cycle through the stack as many times as it took to get through the year. I loved this idea then, I still love it now! And so, my cards are staying out and not being packed away or disposed in of the trash. My daughter in law suggested punching a hole in each one and loading them onto a ring to keep them in order, I will do just that. This year, though, we'll pray first for someone whose card is missing, we'll pray for the one whose idea it was to pray from the stack of Christmas greetings. We'll pray for Helen and her restoration to health... we'll honestly and sincerely ask God to bless her heart!

Life is Good!

9 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

I love this idea!

Teresa in Music City said...

What a lovely idea!

LizA. said...

What a wonderful way to keep friends close throughout the year....

Janet O. said...

What a caring thing to do!

Ancestor Collector said...

What a perfect idea! I love it! I always hate to throw away Christmas cards and I love to pray for people. Thanks so much for sharing Helen's idea....my first prayer will be for her. :-)

Nane said...

Thats a great idea. I keep an album just with the photo cards so I can watch children grow etc in yearly leaps...but this idea can have so much more impact. Praying for your friend.

regan said...

What a wonderful idea, and I hope her recuperation is quick!

It's funny.....I grew up hearing that phase 'bless her heart' by my mother saying it A LOT! But she always meant it nicely about the person...."Sally just said the nicest thing to me...bless her heart!" So I've always said it too, but it's always been meant to be nice. Of course, we're from Wisconsin, so maybe that's the difference! lol

Mimi said...

This is a wonderful idea and we will incorporate it into our daily devotion as well. What a great way to remember friends and loved ones.

bingo~bonnie said...

what a beautiful tradition that Helen shared! and I love the idea of hole punching them and a ring to hold them together.

Thanks for sharing. ~bonnie