Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas and the Gift Unexpected

Merry Christmas!  What a beautiful time of year!  The Christmas season can be such a mix of emotions:  remembering Christmases past with fond memories but also with misty eyes as loved ones have gone to be with Jesus...no longer with us.  Or those who are ill.  And those who are hurting, are alone, or are unloved. 

And yet it is the one time when the world stops, and we have pause to remember the Greatest Gift given...Jesus, our Savior.  And that all overflows into an unbelievable outpouring of gratitude...not for the presents under the tree...but for the basics...the important stuff...family, friends, love, a roof over our heads, food on the table, freedom to read the Bible in our home without fear...even just being able to read, to see, to hear, to feel, to smell, to touch...the list is endless...we are so blessed!

What Can I Give Him
And I think about how Harry toasted George in It's A Wonderful Life...saying "To the richest man in the world!"

And aren't we all?  But actually, my Christmas was made for me yesterday, by an UNEXPECTED gift!

Edster and I went to spend time with my son, Caleb, who has severe autism and is non-verbal.  We picked him up at his group home, which is about 10 minutes from us.  We always take him out for a while...he loves double cheeseburgers from McDonald's. 

My Champion

Now, Caleb is not known for being still and sitting down for long periods of time.  He's been a pacing pinball since his youngest days.  But yesterday, he took my hand and pulled me into his room.  He laid on his bed putting his comforter over him.  He wanted me to snuggle up to him and lay with him.  I had an hour of precious moments stroking his face and singing in his ear...reminding me of when he was little.

This Kodak moment was an UNEXPECTED gift to me from him for Christmas...or maybe I was his gift, too!

But like Mary, who pondered all these things in her heart at Jesus' birth, I will hold on to this gift forever...


  1. This brings a tear to my eye Denise. What a precious gift you received yesterday. Something to always treasure and hopefully you will have again.

  2. That is so very beautiful. What a precious gift. Merry Christmas

  3. Merry Christmas Denise-what a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing it :)

  4. Denise...so beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us. Merry Christmas to you & your family and best wishes for a very Happy New Year filled with good health & happiness.

  5. Tears here as well. We receive the most precious of gifts when are hearts are open. I believe this was his way of showing you how much he loves you. Bless his heart. I can imagine this event will hold you up for all the year to come. What a lovely story and thank you for sharing.
    Merry Christmas and wishing you light, laughter and harmony into the new year.
    Peace my Friend,

  6. What a wonderful and precious gift--a blessing that will last forever.

  7. What a very special gift. God bless you and yours.

  8. How wonderful Denise. That truly is the meaning of Christmas.


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