“I’ll be home for Christmas...” a holiday song who’s lyrics is full of emotion, a wishful prayer, and smooth chorus that pulls on our heart strings.
For some, Christmas is a time of laughter, memories, forgiveness, tradition, love and sitting around the dinner table enjoying homemade meals (ham, turkey, rolls, etc.) and listening to Christmas music, but for others, it’s a time of heartache, depression, and feelings of loneliness.
For months we’ve been planning on my brother and his wife being home for Christmas, but due to an extension on an overseas mission with the Navy, they won’t make it.
As I mentioned earlier, for some “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and for others, it’s spent alone.
With less than 300 words into this blog post you may be thinking, “Wow, this is depressing. Why should I continue reading?”
You’ve probably heard the term, “it’s a Christmas miracle,” well, the old saying actually does happen.
Last year we (my family) were repeatedly told that my older brother (Navy) wouldn’t be able to make it for Christmas due to some training restrictions, and truth be told, that’s what happened.
On Dec. 25, 2016, my wife and I gathered around the Christmas tree, opened presents, ate scrumptious appetizers throughout the day, and eventually had to make the two hour drive to Marshfield, Wisconsin so that we could work the next day.
Once we arrived to our apartment, we started to FaceTime my family in Idaho before retiring for the night. The living room was covered in heavy wrapping paper so thick you could hide underneath it all.
“Hello?!” yelled my mom.
“Can you hear me?”
Such a dramatic conversation starter is how the ice is usually broken when everyone is home, competing for the attention.
We reminisced about the events that transpired earlier in the day, enjoyed one another’s virtual company, and wished that my older brother and his wife could have made it.
As the conversation began to come to an end, a pounding knock was heard at the hard, oak wood door of my parents home.
“It’s Christmas! Who’s coming over?” asked my mom as she shouted towards my dad who was busy endulging himself in some homemade candy.
With a small shoulder shrug, his body language said it all.
Again, the heavy banging on the door sounded.
Scout, our German Shepard, dropped his half chewed bone and began barking and running towards the door.
By this point my mom had lost all interest in our conversation and was merely holding her phone next to her face as though I were watching a scary movie, waiting for the axed murder to come chopping through the door.
You won’t believe what happened next...
My older brother and his wife came barging through the door!
Scout was jumping up and down, running towards my dad, then back towards the front door. My mom screamed with joy, and ran towards them, shouting, “it’s a Christmas miracle! It’s a Christmas miracle!”
No one could believe it. My siblings, including my mom and dad, were left with mouths wide open. They made it.
Due to a last minute change in training, and a tender mercy from the heavens above, they were able to buy an expensive, last minute flight to Idaho.
Feelings of gratitude filled the air (even through FaceTime) one couldn’t help but feel happy for the miracle that had just unfolded.
Our hearts were softened that evening, and the spirit of Christmas filled our souls as we gave thanks to God for allowing us to spend the evening together.
Some may say that it’s luck, and some may even argue that it’s just happenstance, that miracles don’t exist, however, I would attest that christmas miracles do happen, especially around this time of year. It’s the one time of the year where everything seems to stand still, hearts are softened, and family choirs are singing loud for all to hear.
Regardless of what you believe, this is what Christmas is all about; love, family, and Christ.
Though born in the most humble manger, next to farm animals on the outskirts of town, the greatest miracle of all was brought to Earth; our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Whether you find yourself alone this year, or cuddled up next to a fireplace, sipping hot cocoa or enjoying company with family and friends, Christmas miracles do happen, and you just never know when the next one could be waiting outside your front door.