December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!  I hope this holiday and the coming year bring happiness and good health to you and your loved ones.  I also hope you’re enjoying these “Simple Christmas” stories shared a few years ago by my radio listeners.  I chose this one 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 share it with me in 2011 -- 16 years after she thought she'd seen her final Christmas.  Sheila, wherever you are now, I hope you are healthy and happy, and still sharing that wonderful story with everyone you meet.  

Merry Christmas!

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  • Catherine Major

    12/29/2017 02:35 AM

    I enjoyed that Christmas message immensely. This year we were going through a cancer type story as well. My husband has been taken off the chemo he was on, and is now under Hospice care, for which we greatly appreciate.. I'm sure thoughts of leaving us, and not enjoying another family Christmas went through his mind, but we're so thankful for the present, and leave the future up to the Lord, who has control of every thing!!
    We use to watch your TV program, and enjoyed it so much. However, we are thankful for our computer connection with you. Keep up the good work.. C.& D Major

  • Vernon Freeck

    12/28/2017 03:37 PM

    Thank you so much for your stories and common since opinions. Love your internet letters and LOVE YOUR TV. SHOW. I can't donate to your drives because I am on a fixed income but pray for you and yours

  • Betty Paul

    12/26/2017 09:37 PM

    What a great story.Sounds like a Christmas miracle. There are so many of them and so many we take for granted. Blessings to you and your family. Our God is so good!

  • Maggie lLompe

    12/26/2017 05:48 PM

    Thank you Mike for sharing this wonderful story!!
    hope she is well now and enjoying her grndchildren.
    We must never forget Our Savior's love for us.

  • Melinda and Scott Lucas

    12/26/2017 05:41 PM

    Thank you for posting these lovely stories. Christmas has always been a peaceful and joyful time, but this year it seemed especially so. Maybe it was because Christmas Eve came on a Sunday, maybe it was because I will soon turn 68 and am more grateful than ever for all the blessings that my husband and I and our 8 grown up children have. Whatever the case, in spite of all the troubles in the world surrounding us I believe that ultimately people are good, the world is a beautiful place, and that our Heavenly Father watches over us all. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of mankind and that He truly was born on a night in Bethlehem as King of kings and Lord of lords. I am a Christian, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a church that has seen sorrow and challenge, but still stands today to recognize and kneel before the Lord of all mankind, Jesus Christ. Thank you, Governor Huckabee, for you values and your courage. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

  • Wanda Pickens

    12/26/2017 04:57 PM

    This story touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes as I lost my son to this very disease in October of 1995. Needless to say, it was not my merriest Christmas. However, I can rejoice that this lady's Christmas was blessed in 1995 and all the other years she has had to celebrate our Lord's birth. Thank you for sharing.

  • Dorene Hirst

    12/26/2017 04:17 PM

    Beautiful Story! I believe in Miracles ?????? Thank you for sharing ??

  • Janet Pelosi

    12/26/2017 02:53 PM

    That was such a special story - Thank you for sharing it, Mike!! God bless you and your family in the year to come and always.

  • Karen Winters

    12/26/2017 02:26 PM

    Our GOD Is Soooo Faithful!!! I too, Am a cancer Survivor, By HIS Grace!!!
    In Our SAVIOUR'S Love,
    Gma Karen Winters

  • KC

    12/26/2017 02:07 PM

    Well, I would usually object to anyone who makes people cry at Christmas, but in the case of this story, the tears were of joy that we serve such a loving, compassionate Savior (Lam 3:23). GREAT story, thanks Gov. And Merry Christmas to you and your house!

  • Sheila Blankenship

    12/26/2017 02:01 PM

    Mike, I am Sheila from Oklahoma and I cherish that Christmas memory every year when I put up my Christmas tree. Thank you for sharing my blessing with others. I am doing well and volunteering with The American Cancer Society. I have remained cancer free since 2001. Take care and God bless

  • James Dickie Vaughn

    12/26/2017 01:19 PM

    Wonderful and heart wrenching. Jesus is our salvation!

  • Deena Grimsley

    12/26/2017 01:11 PM

    Beautiful story! I so enjoy your daily postings and pray that you and your family will have a happy and healthy 2018!

    I absolutely love Sarah and praise her many many talents!!

  • Lenda D

    12/26/2017 12:32 PM

    Thank you for this delightful story. What a precious reminder that we have a Lord Who is concerned about us!

  • LaDonna Turner

    12/26/2017 11:49 AM

    Such a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

  • Linda Hoch

    12/26/2017 11:44 AM

    Such a touching and encouraging story! Thanks for sharing.

  • Rick Stanley

    12/26/2017 11:27 AM

    This was a wonderful story, especially the part where Sheila has been alive for years and years since. Thank you.

  • Rose-Marie Castillo-Favio

    12/26/2017 11:26 AM

    So many Blessings to learn from in that one story.. Thank you for Shring this . God Bless.

  • Alex Wiggs

    12/26/2017 11:04 AM

    Great story!! One observation: it should read 6 years later not 16 years later.