December 25, 2020

I chose this story for Christmas Day because it proves that Christmas is a time for miracles. 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 and pray that you are still healthy and happy, and sharing that wonderful story with everyone you meet.

Merry Christmas!

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  • Kimberly Brooke

    12/29/2020 10:44 AM

    Beautiful story of HOPE.
    We all need an infusion of that!
    Thank You and may God Bless and keep you. ????????

  • ruth

    12/28/2020 03:39 PM

    I am a strong believer in Jesus Christ, but I find myself sometimes attributing good outcomes to things other than God's influence in our world. I do say "Thank you, Jesus, routinely", but I tend to forget that God had promised that He will make EVERYTHING work together for good to those He has called and who have answered in the affirmative, those who walk with Him daily in prayer and reading his word. It is still a sweet surprise when these things occur. I want to follow His plan more closely and continue to "pray without ceasing". He is as faithful as the sunrise and sunset. He is closer than breathing. Suprises are a good thing!

  • Sheila Blankenship

    12/26/2020 08:41 PM

    I am Sheila of Oklahoma and I am so thankful that you have continued to share my miracles. The lymphoma relapsed in 2001 and I underwent an autologous bone marrow transplant and have been cancer-free since. I am a 25-year cancer survivor and I thank God for every day.

  • Joyce F Birch

    12/26/2020 06:21 PM

    A wonderful Christmas Story. I believe in Miracles & Angels. Merry Christmas to you, your family, your staff, and all your readers.

  • Frank King

    12/26/2020 11:05 AM

    Awesome and beautiful love from the heart of God. The message is clear: God watched over us.

  • Judy Pevonka

    12/25/2020 10:01 PM

    I hope your Christmas was as beautiful and fun and that you were able to spend it with your wonderful family. Your story completely made my day. Thank you and God bless.

  • Robert Allwine

    12/25/2020 06:46 PM

    Mike, You are our favorite almost President. You would have so right for our country. May our Lord and Savior bless you greatly this next year.

  • Marti Pepiot

    12/25/2020 02:29 PM

    We have loved reading all the special Christmas stories you have shared in your newsletters!
    At the end of your show last weekend you gave a very special message. Would it be possible for you to share that in a newsletter, we would love to have a copy of it. Thank you
    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family!

  • Cathryn Wagner

    12/25/2020 02:25 PM

    I loved reading what happened to this lady and her son. Such stories make my heart full of love. Thank you for sharing it. ??

  • Denise Berger

    12/25/2020 02:25 PM

    Our God is good and he’s still
    on the throne!
    Merry Christmas and God Bless!!

  • Amy Condon

    12/25/2020 02:04 PM

    God bless you! Praise God for miracles. Praying! Merry Christmas!