We sure have been bitten by the Christmas decorating bug, and the windows are aglow tonight with a single candle on each sill. A couple of months ago when I was with Katy at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and things were not looking good, she started talking about Christmas. She told me where she had hidden a couple of things to wrap including a toy for the new baby. It was tough, but I picked up a paper and pen and wrote out all the things she wanted me to take care of if she wasn’t here for Christmas. I reassured her I would take care of those things but when I got a chance to come home and find the little toy she wanted me to wrap, I thought, “How do I go on with this crushing heartache?” I turned the toy over in my hands, and as I considered the possibility that she might not be with us for Christmas, my heart and the lump in my throat hurt so bad.
This whole experience has made me keenly aware of how many friends hurt like this at Christmas. They miss their children and would love to see them one more time. I thought about them today while I decorated. To you, I say, “I love you, and today I have prayed for you with a new awareness of how much you need friends to lift you up in prayer.”
Remember from the October eighteenth post what Katy said about heaven? There are so many children there. She was standing beside Jesus when she said that there is a choir of just children. When they sang it was more beautiful than anything she had ever heard on earth. Katy was in tears listening to this huge choir of children and told us that the children were practicing a Christmas song, “Once in Royal David’s City.” I don’t know about you, but the thought of children by the millions singing such a beautiful song takes my breath away. This Christmas when we hear children singing, we can know without a doubt that even in Heaven, children are happy and rejoicing and sharing in the joy of the birth of their Savior, Christ the Lord. And to believe that Jesus is the promised Messiah means that we will be celebrating along with them here and for eternity.Comments: