Home for Christmas

December 25, 2018

This story perfectly illustrates how nothing can keep us apart from the ones we love at Christmas. 

 

A listener named Phyllis wrote that it was Christmas Eve, 1942.  A young woman was waiting, pregnant and alone, for her husband of 4 months, who'd been drafted into the Army and was training to be a pilot somewhere in the Arizona desert.  He had written to her that he couldn't get leave, so they would not be together on their first Christmas as husband and wife. Refusing to let herself get discouraged, she kept a light on in the window as she wrapped a few gifts.  

 

Meanwhile, he was way off in Arizona, quietly reading letters from her, when his sergeant came into the barracks and asked what he was doing there on Christmas Eve.  When he heard about the soldier’s pregnant wife, the sarge gave him permission to go home. But that was just the first obstacle down.

 

The young private grabbed a few belongings and raced to find any way to get back to California. But there were no more trains or buses that night.  So he walked to the nearest highway and stuck out his thumb. 

 

Somehow, he hitchhiked 450 miles home. His last ride dropped him off several miles from the cottage where his pregnant wife was.  He walked the last few miles in pitch darkness, assuming that at that late hour, his wife would have long since gone to bed.  But as he neared the little house, he saw the light shining in the bedroom window.

 

When he opened the door, he found his darling, still awake and thrilled to be in his arms again. She'd waited up for him, never giving up hope that her dearest would find some way to be home for Christmas.  Phyllis wrote, "This true story was told to me by my dad before he passed away in 2000. The young couple were my parents…And I was the baby they were expecting." 

 

I'm glad that Phyllis’ parents' faith in the power of love to overcome all obstacles was passed down to her, and I thank her for passing their family’s cherished story on to us. 

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  • Wi8lliam Outland

    12/27/2018 10:32 PM

    It means so much to read a heartwarming true story like that. There's so much bad stuff on the news. I don't watch any news but Fox because everyone else seems to do nothing but try to destroy Trump. I'm amazed at what he's accomplished in spite of all the lies slanted news. You are a ray of sunshine on a stormy day. Thanks!

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    12/27/2018 03:28 PM

    Life and love just seemed to hold so much more value back in the days before everything became disposable.

  • Susan Perez

    12/27/2018 09:12 AM

    Thank you for the great story about how the military let the young man go home for Christmas since his wife was pregnant. It brought tears to my eyes.
    What can we do to make sure military chaplains are still able to share the gospel?

  • Joe Wilkerson

    12/26/2018 07:16 PM

    The good old days may not have always been the "the good okd days", but sometimes they were.

  • Elvira Shoup

    12/26/2018 02:31 PM

    I loved reading your story. It was love giving the soldier freedom to leave. It was love giving determination to the soldier and it was love giving the young wife and mother faith in the midst of "impossibilities". It has to have given you and your family your cheerful outlook in the middle of our impossibilities.

  • Hal Pawlowski

    12/25/2018 04:22 PM

    Great Christmas story!

  • Sharon Shultz

    12/25/2018 03:26 PM

    I loved all your stories! Thanks so much to all who shared. <3

  • Dawn Street

    12/25/2018 02:29 PM

    My Daddy was in the US Army Air Corps, a paratrooper, in the South Pacific in 1945. He and Mom were married in October, 1944, and shortly after he was deployed she learned she was pregnant. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed and my birth gave Daddy enough "points" to come home for Christmas and to be mustered out of the Army. Mother said I spent the whole first night he was home staring at him. I have a letter he wrote to me when he heard I was born. We had a special bond all of my life.

  • Sherry Parks

    12/25/2018 01:50 PM

    Reminds me of my mom’s story. Mom came from a home where her mom deserted the children and put them in an orphanage. Her dad finally found them and brought them home, only to die of cancer. They were raised by a bitter grandmother and a hard working uncle that worked long, long hours to care for them all. She met her mom as an adult due to my dad urging her to reunite with her mom. Her mom sent her half sister to live with them for a few months about the time I was two. One night the three of them went to the movies in a nearby town. On the way home, my dad stopped to pick up a hitchhiker. He said he was headed to their town to see his sister. He got in the back seat with my aunt and as they went on their way, my aunt started hugging and kissing him! My parents were shocked!!! Why would she be kissing a complete stranger. Come to find out, it was her brother, Jimmy, in his Army uniform! And that’s how my mom met her brother. God works in mysterious ways!

  • Stephen Russell

    12/25/2018 01:22 PM

    Hallmark Movie material alone, awesome story.