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Topic: It’s Christmas Day (in the present or living memory) (11/27/08)
TITLE: Making Melody in My Heart
By Mary Alice Bowles
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My husband Jake came home from work with a downcast face of pure defeat. I knew there was something wrong as I looked into his eyes. I took his hand in mine and said, “Honey what is wrong?” His answer came as a shock as he said, “Honey, I got laid off today and they said that we probably wouldn’t get called back until after Christmas.” Bewildered, I said, “On no, sweetheart, Christmas, the children, what will we do?”
Immediately I was then reprimanded by the Lord for all my negativity. I then took my Jake in my arms and told him that everything would be Ok.
I went to bed that night and could not sleep; I could see a Christmas tree with no presents and the smiling faces of my two children turning to tears. I cried out in my sleep so loud that it awakened me. I lay there watching my Jake sleep in total peace and I was wondering. “How does he do this”? God reminded me about his faith; his motto was this, “If I can’t do it, My God can!"
I fell back into a troubled sleep and dreamed that I was back in my college dorm, I heard a voice cry out, “Mary, mail call, you have a letter.”
It was a beautiful Christmas card with a picture of a candle burning from both ends. The big red letters said, “Peace on Earth, Good will to men.”
I opened the card and begin to read:
Merry Christmas Mary, from the Light of the World
I have to teach you this Mary
My music is still playing and it will never end
The music gets louder on Christmas day
The gentle pulse of Gods heart beat is the sweet song of Christmas
Making melody in Mary’s heart
Is my job this day
Just want to let you know
That I am still here and always will be
Until you meet me on that new day
THIS IS THE MUSIC OF CHRISTMAS:
Though in the grave, I give you life
Though crippled, ye shall walk
Though blind, ye shall see
Though deaf, ye shall hear
Though a harlot, I will make you clean
Though a drug addict, I can cleanse you
Though a murderer I can set you free
There is nothing too large or too small that I can not forgive
I was born and then died that you might live
Mary, did you know that it all began on Christmas day?
Christmas begins deep inside the heart.
It is not the gifts or the wrap
It is when your heart is wrapped with me
The Savior of the world
Listen to the music of Christmas, Mary
It is still playing your song
When I awoke that morning, I was a brand new creature in Jesus as I made Jakes favorite meal, a big stack of pancakes and crispy bacon. He came down the stairs to a different wife. I was singing, “Joy to the world the Lord is come.” He took me in his arms and said, “Good morning love, what has come over you, you’re beaming with beauty.” I said, “Jake, I am not worried anymore about presents or what we are going to do for Christmas for My God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
The day was glorious as Jake and I celebrated in the spirit of Christmas, We put up the tree and sang Christmas carols like we had never sung before. About noon it started spitting little flakes of snow then turned to big flakes of fast and furious sticky snow.
Of course Danny and Cindy threw their hats, coats and mittens on and screamed, “Daddy, are you ready?’
Three happy family members went outside to build a snow man while the happy mommy baked lemon Christmas cookies and kept on singing.
With Jake’s Christmas bonus and two surprise checks from both sets of grandparents, I went Christmas shopping for all the basics, praising God with each step.
On Christmas morning bright and early the doorbell rang, I answered the door and no one was there but a huge basket was sitting in the doorway filled with beautifully wrapped presents and a note on top that read:
Hello Mary, “Your God has supplied all your needs and I am sending my love on Christmas Day!
Merry Christmas, keep on singing!
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