These days a band aid and a kiss won’t make the kinds of problems my friends and family are dealing with “all better”. I have friends who’s hearts are breaking for their children who have made poor choices, friends who have lost parents and spouses and said good bye to friends young and old, friends whose bodies have betrayed them and left them living in constant pain or with life-threatening illnesses. I want to “fix” the hurts and make the pain go away, and there lies the problem . . . I can’t!
I hate to admit defeat, but the truth of the matter is some hurts, only time, the natural healing processes and God can make better. As I watched Aubree the other day, I suddenly realized that a band aid and a kiss wouldn't heal the cut or scrape under the bandage, but it somehow made it, for that moment feel better. In that instant a tremendous burden was lifted and instead of thinking of ways to heal or fix life’s big boo boo’s for my friends, I started to inventory my “first-aid kit” and make sure it was stocked with plenty of band aids.
Sometimes a literal hug and kiss can give a moment of calm and relief. I am a hugger. I have often been blessed and comforted in the arms of those who love me; gentle touch is certainly a healing balm. A card, a small gift, a sweet smelling bouquet, a phone call, text, or note, all can give a moment of peace and even joy in the midst of a storm. The good thing is, when the ultimate healing takes place, it might be these sweet bandages that will be remembered along the painful road to resolution or wellness.
The truth is, I’m still a “fixer”. If I can step in and make it “all better” then that’s what I want to do, but I’m glad I've reached the point where I realize these are still nice days when a “band aid and a kiss” can make those things I can’t “fix”, at least for the moment, feel a little better”. So dear friends, I’m off to check my "band aid" supply . . .kisses to all!