Merry Christmas

December 25, 2018

I chose this story for Christmas Day because it proves that Christmas is a time for miracles.  And not just the miracles that happened 2,000 years ago, but those that God is showing us every day if we just open our eyes and our hearts to see them. 

 

A listener named Sheila from Oklahoma wrote to me: 

 

"I was diagnosed with Hodgkins' Disease lymphoma and felt I had been given a death sentence. I believed it was the last time I would celebrate my young son's birthday, my last Thanksgiving and my last Christmas.  So everything about Christmas was vital to me. I hand-wrote personal messages to everyone on my card list, carefully selected and wrapped gifts and insisted on decorating my home alone with my son, in spite of chemotherapy.

 

The tree was a full-day endeavor because I was fatigued, and, of course, I had to cherish the memories of each special ornament. The two of us struggled with the lights but were almost finished with the entire tree.  I had sat down to rest (when) my son announced, 'Mom! The lights went out!'...

 

I know it is trivial, but it just knocked the wind out of me. I bowed my head and cried because changing the lights meant undecorating the whole tree, and I just didn't have the energy. 

 

'Lord,' I prayed. 'I can't do this. I need this Christmas, but I can't do this.' 

 

Then I heard my son gasp, and I looked up to see all the lights were on again.  And they stayed lit throughout Advent to Epiphany.  For this and many reasons, my first Christmas with cancer was my best ever."  

 

 

Thank you, Sheila, for that terrific story that contained two miracles.  A simple one reminiscent of Hanukkah, in which the lights stayed on as a message that you were not alone. 

 

And the second miracle: that story was about the Christmas of 1995.  Sheila wrote to me to share it in 2011 -- 16 years after she thought she'd seen her final Christmas.  Sheila, wherever you are now, I hope you are still healthy and happy, and sharing that wonderful story with everyone you meet. 

 

Merry Christmas!

 

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  • ANN L BRUCE-PINEDA

    12/28/2018 11:38 AM

    Brother Mike, I was horrified by the trolls responding to your cute message about AOC, the lunar landing and the loonies. Not a bit of creativity in any of the nasty, snarky remarks. You are loved and appreciated by so many Christians. I'd like to ask a favor, though. POTUS is right to be furious & frustrated. El Salvador, though, is not encouraging people to join the caravans. Mrs. Marroquin at Immigration has begged people not to join this dangerous endeavor. Our problem is that there is free transit in the three countries. From Honduras to El Salvador to Guatemala you only need a local ID if you are a citizen of any of the three countries. El Salvador is one of the only countries in the world where abortions are still illegal. That means we have a huge population of hard-working, disciplined people with strong moral values tied to family and church. This tiny country would be like heaven if it weren't for the gangs, an invading force within poor neighborhoods. Carlos Calleja, owner of Selectos supermarkets, educated in the U.S.A., is a candidate in the presidential elections the first week of February. He has never been accused of corruption; nor has he ever run for office before. Even the candidate of the socialist party in power, Hugo Martinez, is very intelligent and tries to separate himself from the hardliners who ran the country for several years. Jean Manes has been a wonderful ambassador, too. There is a candidate whose father, now deceased, bragged about being a follower of Islam. His son Nayib Bukele was mayor of San Salvador but has been accused of several crimes. He will probably become President of El Salvador if POTUS blocks funds already approved for El Salvador. Please encouraage POTUS to use the fact that the leaders of El Salvador have struggled to defend the lives of the innocent babies yet to be born as an excuse to continue providing funds. Today is called "El Dia de los Innocentes" to commemorate the innocent lives of babies whose deaths King Herod ordered. It's cheaper to kill a baby than to feed, educate, clothe, and house that child with love and affection until he/she becomes an adult. Leftist legislators are ready to pounce on any opportunity to make abortion legal here. You and your family will have a personal guide and translator if you come to El Salvador. Just contact me at the e-mail above. The same offer may be communicated to our gentlemanly VP Mike Pence. Latin Americans really like him. They don't like POTUS much, I'm afraid. He can change that on this meaningful day, though. Blessings to you and your loved ones in 2019.

  • LaVoe Potter

    12/27/2018 07:04 PM

    Wishing you and yours a very special holiday season, with good health, happiness and prosperity in 2019 and forward. Thank you; I enjoy your publications ~ especially your Christmas "recollections"! I will long remember the beautiful and heartwarming story you shared today. God bless you and your lovely family!

  • Carolyn Simmons

    12/27/2018 07:12 AM

    This year, due to daughter's illnesses, supporting her (she has no home, car, etc.) and medicial and other expenses we have had to cover, we did not have any money to buy Christmas gifts for our family, we had a no gifts Christmas. Instead we did a meal where everyone brought something and had our traditional Jesus' Birthday Party (which we have done since our grandchildren were small - over 30 years.) I bake a chocolate chip cookie cake (our twin granddaughters requested years ago because it was their favorite). The granddaughters decorate it with icing and a dollar store small nativity purchase for $1 years ago. We put a candle for each child, grandchild and great grandchild present, as well as a candle for any guests. Each person reads a portion of the Christmas story from the Bible and when they have finished their part, they light a candle. The older ones help the little ones read their part. As the readings mention the figures in the nativity, the appropriate figures are placed, by the children, in the large stable that is placed beside the cake. When everyone has read and lit their candle, we blow them out and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. Everyone loves this and to see the little ones faces is priceless. Even without personal gifts, it was, as usual, the best Christmas ever!

  • Jeannie MacAdams

    12/26/2018 01:49 AM

    Such a lovely story of hope! We do indeed serve a great God

  • Dr. James K. McCollum

    12/26/2018 01:30 AM

    Dear Mike, I love your show and certainly believe in your politics. I have just discovered Dinesh dSous and love to hear him debate people at universities. He is so knowledgeable about our history and politics that he is always right in his positions (as you are)! What do you think about him?
    James K. McCollum, professor emeritus

  • Debra Barker

    12/25/2018 09:06 PM

    I love reading your e-mails. Thanks for sending them to me. I hope you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Christmas and a blessed New Year for 2019. Take Care, Debra and family.

  • Belinda Ryan

    12/25/2018 08:26 PM

    Merry Christmass to Gov Mike Huckabee and family, I want to thank you so much for your show which is good clean Christian family viewing which is becoming rare as hens teeth!! I love your show and also your news updates in my email. God bless you and your family now and in 2019 which will be a battle of good and evil more than ever. I will keep my faith and pray nonstop for this country!

  • William Schlumpf

    12/25/2018 07:11 PM

    Thank you for that beautiful story. Merry Christmas!!!

  • Joan Key

    12/25/2018 07:05 PM

    Merry Christmas to you & your family!!

  • Arda Blevins

    12/25/2018 06:41 PM

    This brought tears to my eyes. I have recently been diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma of Lymph Nodes of Multiple Regions and spent the first of 5 days undergoing a steady stream of chemo running into my body. I'm home now for a couple weeks, then will be back for 5 more days of chemo, then a couple more repeats of this procedure. I'm hoping this won't be my last Christmas. I have a lot of pain and am doing a lot of praying.

  • Carol T Farmer

    12/25/2018 06:09 PM

    That was a beautiful, true Christmas story! Cancer doesn't always mean a death sentence, Thank the Lord!

  • Tom Green

    12/25/2018 06:07 PM

    I wrote three poems about 9-11 before it happened that create a tough revivalist message been sharing for seventeen years. You will want to see them. How can I get them to you? Blessings, Tom

  • Dick Green

    12/25/2018 06:03 PM

    I prayed for you at Brad Sherman’s house when you we’re running for President. I want you to know that my wife and I raised our Pastor from the dead Sunday Dec. 23rd in Brighton Ia . He died in my arms at The pulpit and was raised to life in my arms at The pulpit.We were taught how to minister healing through John G. Lake Ministries of Plano Tx. by Curry Blake. A Christmas miracle I believe.

  • Remedios Cruz

    12/25/2018 05:58 PM

    Thanks so much for sharing the story Governor. So heart warming.

  • Thomas Curtis

    12/25/2018 05:25 PM

    My brother in law Tom was diagnosed with the same cancer in January 2018 and after many attempts cure his cancer he died on September. After the family Christmas Party in December we never saw him again. We spoke on the phone several time and emailed each other, but no physical contact. It had to do with possible infection. I love the thought of personal messages, which may have given us a different slant on losing him. We have no idea about his faith base, so there are some things we don't have answers to at this time. His wife Linda, my wife's sister, grew up in the Lutheran Church in the Midwest. I don't understand how anyone can go through such a life challenge without the Lord and a connection to a church family. Mike, I guess I don't have any question of you I just need to share my thoughts. Merry Christmas and God Bless
    Tommy

  • Margaret Hope Graham

    12/25/2018 05:07 PM

    Thank you for that wonderful story it was wonderful and beautiful I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 15 I stood on the word and the Lord said I would never have it again praise the Lord I look out every day and thank him doesn’t matter if it is storming I praise for this wonderful day

  • Elna Morton

    12/25/2018 04:35 PM

    This is a wonderful story. Thank you ! I needed that note of love and positive blessings.

  • Sheila Blankenship

    12/25/2018 04:26 PM

    Thank you for continuing to share my "miracle" first Christmas with cancer and continuing to share hope. I have been cancer-free since 2001 when I underwent a self-donated stem cell transplant and I am still fighting cancer with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Texas County. Merry Christmas and Happy 2019!!

  • Kimberlyn I Womack

    12/25/2018 03:57 PM

    Your Christmas Story was a “bright light” in my day. It was Kleenex time but for tears of joy & enlightenment.
    I have spent Christmas Eve and today, Christmas Day at the hospital in Galveston, TX with my 94-year-old Mom.
    It to has been a miracle time for me. Not only because my Mother is going to be fine, and will be 95 on St. Patrick’s Day, but for the faith it has given me in people.
    The staff at the hospital (all of them!) have been caring, professional, compassionate, and reassuring. They all have sacrificed being home with family and friends to care for others. God bless them all.
    But, the most memorable thing about this hospital “visit”, has been the story of a patient....
    You see, Mom was in the same hospital, on the same floor, in August. I was walking the halls to relieve a little stress when I came upon a patient that I saw in August. She was in front of a large, glass-window where the staff takes her in her hospital bed numerous times, every day. My last visit I knew nothing about her but noticed her on my walks that week.
    I finally worked up the courage to stop and visit with her. I stroked her arm and spoke to her about the beautiful view of the harbor and boats. The weather was beautiful and I told her I knew the sunshine felt good to her.
    She did not speak to me and I was not sure my communication was received. Her body was curled and misshapen but she appeared in good shape. I was so thankful she had the caring staff to help her each day.
    Back to today, Christmas Day!
    I went to the nursing station and asked the nurse on duty if the patient by the window, was back in the hospital because I spoke to her in August.
    Get your tissues ready! It was then that I realized how truly blessed we are and so many of us take life for granted.
    “G” had actually found UTMB Health Care System her permanent home since 2008. She is somewhere in her 50’s, which means she was only in her 40’s when a disaster of some sort came her way.
    Yes, that was 10-years ago, at least!
    Other information gathered was that she had formally been an employee in the hospital pharmacy.
    I was not told her circumstances for being a patient or what really happened to her. What was passed on to me next took my breath away..... She totally understands what is going on around her, hears all spoken to her by the hospital staff and doctors, and all those that take a little time out of their life to speak to her.
    “G” simply lost her ability to speak and simply survives by the dedication of the UTMB hospital staff and a number of daily visits by family and friends.
    All I know is she must be a very special person to capture the hearts of so many people. I know that my heart will never forget this “magic” of this Christmas because of hearing the story of “G”.
    God Bless all that we have, and may we all have compassion and love in our hearts to pass on to “G” and others in need.
    The few moments of my life I shared with “G” have been minutes that I will remember a very brave woman for the rest of my life.
    Kimberlyn I Womack
    Christmas in Galveston,TX 2018

    Note: I am not sure, but I believe a good sequel to this story to have more facts. The hospital staff is limited by privacy laws to volunteer any private information. With “G’s” family’s permission, this would truly be a “Story of Christmas Hope, Challenges, and Kindness” in life.
    It was not said, but her care may have been provided by an anonymous person, family, foundation, hospital doctors & staff, or even UTMB.

  • joe and becky swierkosz

    12/25/2018 01:47 PM

    great story Mike!!! God bless you and yours!

  • John C Hoehn

    12/25/2018 01:44 PM

    This is so uplifting. My prayers go out all are having a questionable Christmas season.

  • Henry Schafer

    12/25/2018 01:26 PM

    I Loved This Christmas Story, ... It was very heart warming!!! .... ?????????????????.... Praise God!!!