Saturday, December 02, 2006

Saturday Evening

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.

  1. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Mrs. Campbell,
    Thank you for that encouragement. Heaven is going to be such a beautiful place!!
    I hope you get to go to church today. I’ll pray that you will be strong enough. I’m happy to hear that you’ve been able to partake in the all the decorating. :-) When I get done with school, I’ll come hang out and we’ll do something fun. :-)
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  2. Donna Wilson Says:

    Dawn, thanks so much for your prayers for the families of those children who will be hurting this Christmas. I would love to see Skylar one more time, but it is so comforting to know that she will be singing for Jesus again this Christmas. I have been to her church Christmas program many times–I am so glad she will contiue to perform, but in His presence. I continue to share Katy’s experience with my family and friends. Bless you both for sharing that experience with us. ~Donna~

  3. Aleah Yunger Says:

    Ahh! Katy, how wonderful! Christmas brings joy as it is, but that you are here to share it with us all is such a blessing and such a testimony. I’m so glad our Father has blessed you with strength and well-being ~ I can’t wait to see your house with all the Christmas decorations! Praying for you, as always…

  4. Anna (Horvath) Cory Says:

    Hello Campbells!

    My dad sent your blog link to me tonight. What a beautiful way to share about your struggle and give hope! Drop me a line sometime, I’d love to hear from you and let you know all the Lord has done in my life. We will put you on our website and our prayer hall of fame on our fridge. God Bless, Anna (Horvath) Cory

  5. Barbara Walker Says:

    Dear Dawn and Campbells,

    What a beautiful posting and how thankful that I am that you have your beautiful Katy this Christmas! Thank you so much, each of you, for sharing this journey with us. It has meant so much - we feel as if we have been right there with you. I know we have been in prayer for you as you have for us.

    Katy, God is doing some amazing things with this Blog and with your life right now. I’m just sorry you’ve had to go through so much pain. Of course, our Jesus went through so much too, didn’t He?

    Dawn, my mentor, thank you so much for your call today (as usual, it was God’s perfect timing) and for praying with me. It was wonderful to hear your sweet voice and to pray with you. Thanks!!

    Annelise is beautiful like her parents. What a beautiful name too.

    Love to all in Christ,


  6. Martha Harrison Says:

    Dear Dawn and Katy,

    I am up late tonight going over some e-mails, and before I turned off he computer, I felt impressed to read your good news. Thank you, Dawn, for sharing about Katy’s request to look for the toy and other things she had tucked away for the new baby had she not been with you at Christmas. Yes, Dawn, I can relate to the feelings you had and appreciate so much your deep compassion for those of us who have lost a child. Our Randy loved Christmas, and we will always miss him more than words can express at this time of year. We take joy in knowing he is with Jesus, and our sweet memories of the wonderful Christmases we shared when he was with us keep us going. Howard and I admired all your window candles aglow tonight as we drove by. They reminded me of the Light you are to others and what a blessing you all have been through this time of trial. Your wisdom has strengthened me more than you can imagine. I rejoice with all of you for Katy’s progressive healing..God is doing a miraculous work in her life and this has touched so many others!! I REJOICE WITH YOU!!

    Love in Him,
    Martha H.

  7. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Katy/Dawn, I’m so terribly sorry to hear that Katy’s pains are attacking again! We were all so hopeful with you. But we know so well now that those above us see and care passionately. May Jesus give you new grace day by day -
    “His mercies are new every morning”.

    Katy, here’s something else you might try with your cranberry relish. It popped into my head as a snack idea last night ’cause I still have left-over relish..
    Toast a bagel or English muffin, spread generously with butter (or better “Brummel and Brown” - my favorite yogurt butter) shake some sugar and cinnamon on it - I keep that mix in a shaker and bet your Mom does, too. Then add a generous layer of cranberry relish and chomp in! I actually made it with a rice cake, as I like to avoid wheat breads when I need to lose weight. It was crunchy marvelous! Love and prayers, Aunt Lil

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