Your Advent Journey 

Getting Through the Holidays with Chronic Pain 

Day 1 

Welcome to your advent journey.    Each day we will begin your day with prayer and thanksgiving.  You decide the time of day.  I will present verses from scripture designed to prepare our hearts for the holiday season.  This year the choices of scripture come from the “Write the Word” Advent journal designed by Lara Casy of Cultivate What Matters.  Our advent journey will have a little twist.  At Hope for Pain, we focus on healing and cleansing our bodies with food.   This journey embraces this healing process.  

     Today’s verses: Isaiah 40: 29 – 31

He gives strength to the weary

    and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary,

    and young men stumble and fall;

but those who hope in the Lord

    will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

    they will run and not grow weary,

    they will walk and not be faint.

Do these words ring true to your soul right now?  Can you even imagine mustering the energy or strength to navigate the holidays this year?   This advent journey is designed to give you rest; rest for your soul and spirit.  We will immerse ourselves into the Word and practice an ancient tradition within the Eastern Orthodox church called the Nativity Fast.  Instead of gorging our bodies on gingerbread and plum pudding, we are going to observe a fast designed to grow us closer to our Maker, preparing our hearts for our Lord’s Incarnation.  The fast includes eliminating red meat, chicken, meat products, eggs, dairy products, fish, oil, and wine.  The good news, if following tradition we are able to have oil, wine, and fish on Saturday and Sunday. So let’s do this.   Have a little fun with it. Don’t allow it to overwhelm you. If you have been practicing the Hope for Pain diet, you have already eliminated these things. Allow me to guide you and let’s find some alternatives to get through the holidays together.

Each day I will share recipes or ideas with you; some simple, some a little complex, but all designed to equip you to get through this Nativity Fast.  

Cranberry Salsa

This recipe is a favorite among our family.   It can be added to food as a relish or used as a dip. Try Ezekial tortillas and toast the tortillas, then slice as pita chips. 

1 package of cranberries

1 jalapeno 

Three green onions

1 handful of cilantro 

¼ cup of sugar

1 lime

Pinch of salt 

Process all ingredients in a food processor or Vitamixer.  Enjoy.