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Topic: Holiday (04/05/12)
TITLE: A Christmas Blessing
By Deborah Sampson
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When you think of a Christmas story told by your grandmother, depending on how old you are you could be talking a bout alot of years or not so many. In my case it's not so many because my grandmother is not real old nor did this story happen very long ago.
Back in l993, a year her famiy would like to have forgotten turned out to be a bleak year from the start. So many things had happened that it just did not seem to stop.
There were many sicknesses and surgeries that had happened along with her mother's sickess and passsing on May 8th of that year. There were more major surgeries and then the worst thing tht could of happened did. Grandma's and Grandpa's son passed away on July 9th. That could have been made even worse if they had not known the Lord and the assurance and peace of mind that surpasses all understanding only He acaould give.
I came along on Septemaber 26th of that year a true blessing they said. Although I had to stay in the hospital for 10 days, Grandma and Grandpa were there every day. My grandpa had to go through another surgery in November on his gall bladder that could not wait.
Grandma and Grandpa along with my mom during this time had a lot of things to get through and knowing that their son was with the Lord helped them cope.
I am now getting to the real Christmas story, it happened while we were sitting in the West Mansfield Friends Chruch on Christma day, she so missed her son, but also her mom as well. She longed to see them both that Christmas. They were getting ready to sing Silent Night. As they were standing to sing grandma said a wonderful feeling came over her and she heard her mother and son singing this song too. It was as if they were right there, as a choir in a distance sang to. She heard her mother's singing voice many times and her son's. It was so overwhelming that she just stopped and listened. The gift she received that day was so special that she still can't hear the song without choking up and yet smiling at the same time, for the wonderful memory that it gives her. It was a true Christmas Blessing to her.
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