A Time for Miracles

December 25, 2019

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 and pray that you are still healthy and happy, and sharing that wonderful story with everyone you meet. 

Merry Christmas!

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  • Kay DeWitt

    12/27/2019 09:31 AM

    I never read this newsletter until Friday, December 27th, because I was away from my home from Christmas Eve to yesterday evening (Thursday) and did not bring my tablet WITH me.....So I just read this today....on Friday.

    And the reason I WAS away from my home from Tuesday to Thursday is because I had the awesome privilege of sharing Christmas with the parents of Kendal Crank and her brothers....Kendal Crank was a beautiful 27 year old woman who, on March 28th of this year...on her way to a nursing class (because she was studying to be a nurse) was sitting in her car, stopped at a traffic light in downtown Charlotte, when she was caught in a crossfire shooting between three kids and, because she wound up being shot in the head, she died immediately.

    Now...for ME....the fact that this family DID invite me to share Christmas with them was a miracle in and of itself because, if I had the choice of spending Christmas with ANYONE on planet earth it would BE Kendal's parents because of th witness they have been to the supernatural power of Christ's love prior TO the "holiday" that celebrates the Christ Who brought His love to earth!

    It's easy to praise the Lord for His "blessings" that fill one's heart with feelings of joy and gratitude FOR those "blessings" , but it's not so easy to praise the Lord when one's heart is bleeding with grief because the Lord allowed your beautiful young daughter to die such a senseless tragic death....and TO praise the Lord Who allowed this tragedy to happen...and rob one of their loved one...TAKES the supernatural power of His love to do it!.......AND......

    Upon meeting the parents OF Kendal Crank.....and accepting their invitation to attend their church WITH them... THEY became the loudest sermon I heard every sermon when.....knowing how their hearts were breaking....they raised their hands in praise of HIM....the BLESSER....NOT because of His BLESSINGS!

    Now you can imagine the sorrow that would be a part of these parents having to spend their first Christmas WITHOUT their beloved Kendal...especially since she lived with them and they saw her every day........BUT, dear friends, it was THE most blessed Christmas I ever had because they, one more time, bore witness to the MIRACLE....of His supernatural love....that Christ's birth brought to earth.. ON the holiday that celebrates that miraculous birth!

    AND...Christ honored Kendal's family by GRANTING them a miracle ON Christmas day and because I stated to them how much more meaningful it was that God granted them this miracle ON Christmas day was I moved to write what I wrote in response to reading the opening statement of this newsletter: "Christmas is a time for miracles!"

    I will be fwding this newsletter TO Kendal Crank's parents.

  • Norman R Able

    12/27/2019 07:52 AM

    Thanks for sharing Sheila's wonderful Christmas story & the message it has for us all. Knowing there are many, many others have done the same thing, followed you & read your inspirational message every day since your started publishing. What a God-sent messenger you are. Thanks a million. May you and your family have had a blessed & wonderful Christmas & hope you & your family will have the best New Year ever! Again, thanks for your lives and witness. May the Lord bless & sustain you & yours today in every way and all the way.

  • Connie Wickland

    12/27/2019 01:22 AM


  • Gwen Collins

    12/26/2019 11:09 PM

    Thanks for sharing this fantastic story with us. I needed that.

  • Dusty

    12/26/2019 06:07 PM

    Just wonder today what have we all done to this holiday and not made it more of what it is about the birth of Christ not buying and buying all kinds of decorations and then trying to set this up and then take down later on. Growing up in the 50 we had a tree that was about all and maybe we did snow spray in the windows maybe a simple set of lights outside. Now how much we can decorate the whole house even to spreads for a bed? Why? My grandmother made real egg nog for Christmas eve and we went to midnight mass even though not Catholic? Is there a way to get back to the simpler way of celebrating . I am doing more cards per e mail and tell my other friends fine to me for them to also do this. Think about this and what can you do to make it simpler and not be stressed? Like I have had friends go on the Disney boat trip with little ones and say how resting this was not to cook and shop to cook and no real gifts some little thing to give maybe even a funny gift on a cruise. So let us all say thank you Lord for our wonderful lives but maybe we have forgotten about who you are along the way. Maybe draw names even in a family to not have to shop for everyone and do several gifts? Sure the retail would not like this but what can we all do and be a more relaxed and religious time ?

  • Theresa Karnes

    12/26/2019 04:16 PM

    What a wonderful story!! Thank you for sharing it Sheila and Mike!

  • Jerry Korba

    12/26/2019 03:17 PM

    The Left offers Impeachment, unfair Justice ,Anti Americanism, think of something ugly and corrupt, check if the the Left is for it; many thoughts will have its mark on it. Another real low life move comes from the Left, a Billionaire runs to the chance to use tax paid prisoners to aide in his campaign for President using them to make phone calls on his behalf. Incarcerated inmates just like the Warden in the movie Shawshank Redemption used inmates to perform labor outside the prison walls to undermine legal businessmen trying to run a business taking bribe money to increase his own bank account. This is the type of man that wants to run your life and our country his name is Mike Bloomberg watch the movie Shawshank. He is trying to star in his own version spending millions and millions of dollars to be the star of I want to be President. He would not be Presidential he would be a warden of the people a diabolical little man with a HUGE military behind him Beware of this Grinch he is trying to buy the Election of President of the United States. This is a person with Obama Soros Pelosi and Obama wing man Holder like traits if U like corruption you will love Mike Bloomberg. MAGA KAG

  • Dot Whitley

    12/26/2019 02:23 PM

    God has answered many prayers that are too emotional to share, but no doubt God has protected me, and my loved ones from many dangers, and blessed us in ways that we will never know about in this life. I should never neglect thanking Him daily for his mercy and goodness. Waking up in a free country each morning is not to be taken for granted. As we certainly should know by now,as we see the wickedness in government, as well as in mankind in general, that it's only because of Gods mercy and grace that we have had the good life we have enjoyed for so long.
    Dot Whitley

  • Luci Roberson

    12/26/2019 02:10 PM

    What a wonderful story. I pray Sheila is happy sharing Christmas with her son and free of cancer forever.

  • Rick Locke

    12/26/2019 01:44 PM

    MIRACLES: This year (2019), on Christmas Eve, I was assigned as the "lighting guy" for our services. I was sitting beside our media presentation woman, Donna who was assigned due to the fact that she was hands-down the most accomplished with our Premiere Pro presentation software which she had been using for many years. The first 10 minutes of our service were an absolute mess with her wireless mouse acting in various strange ways, launching unwanted audio tracks and skipping slide panes while getting "stuck" on others. Having never experienced anything even close to this in her prior years of operating, Donna was distraught and as we went into our greeting time where we media folks basically just waited for our next cues, I saw Donna bow in prayer. After the service she told me that God healed her mouse. There were absolutely no more problems after greeting and the only change made was her prayer for the Lord to "heal her mouse".

  • Irene Hathaway

    12/26/2019 01:41 PM

    This is such a wonderful story. Especially that her faith in God brought her through many years of joy. Thank you for sharing this story.

  • terry buckalew

    12/26/2019 01:22 PM

    My father had a favorite bible among his many bibles he knew by heart. When he died my siblings quickly took them all. I love the bible my husband gave me years ago and it is worn out. I searched for another one to no avail. I saw on a list of my dads favorite things his favorite bible. It was out of print but a used one was available. It turned out to be my dads favorite and also the same one my husband had given me years ago. I call this a miracle.

  • Robbie Jones

    12/26/2019 11:45 AM

    God is good all the time !!!

  • Jerry

    12/26/2019 10:29 AM

    The Judicial system Needs to be looked at with concern after watching the Judge K hearing the Committee from the Left ruling guilty before the hearing began so much inaccurate info allowed horrible look at the 9th Circuit and how they attempt and do to overthrow the rule of law look at the way collusion with the President of the United States and a Foreign Country the Impeachment process one no longer wonders if the system is corrupt most people believe it is. Thats at the Federal level with Obama's Administration leading the way he has gone after one of the most powerful person on the planet and made it bad and in some cases devastating for others. People should be alarmed if the citizen shows up in court will evidence be made up and allowed to proceed in Obama's world of justice that is the method being used today or should we demand lawful justice for all under the rule of law if we are going to be convicted judges have to make sure its by law not by crook. The fast lane to the bottom is by a Obama Judicial system being used today to run a President out of office.

  • Brenda Hart

    12/26/2019 09:16 AM

    Thanks so much for sharing Sheila's story. A good reminder that God is still in control and still performing miracles. May all His people remain faithful especially in the storms of this life.

  • June Adams Paugh

    12/26/2019 08:30 AM

    Wonderful praise and a reminder that our Lord will never leave or forsake us. I send a Scripture every morning to my readers that encourages and holds us fast to him when we struggle against troubles. Our faith and his love will overcome everything the devil will use to try to discourage us, and Sheila's story is a perfect example. My Scripture will soon be followed by a book of a years devotions: "Heaven Speaks," I hope you will read it and be even more confident in the favor our wonderful Lord showers on his children!

  • Sandra Weaver

    12/26/2019 05:15 AM

    Hope and pray she is healthy and enjoying life with her son.

  • Mary Friedrich

    12/26/2019 12:51 AM

    Merry Christmas to you, Governor Huckabee, and to your family! Thank you for sharing with your readers that uplifting story! I'm sure the account gave hope to those who may be facing a similar situation and hope is a beautiful gift, no matter the occasion.

  • Brenda Lakanen

    12/26/2019 12:12 AM

    Merry Christmas Mike Huckabee, to you and your family. Thank you for your messages. I pray you will have a blessed New Year!


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  • Pati Hall

    12/25/2019 11:24 PM

    Oh Mike that story was just priceless. Oh Sheila if your out there please let us know. That was just the best story. Merry Christmas everyone. Jesus is Lord!!

  • Ruth Ferraro

    12/25/2019 09:38 PM

    Miracles do happen! I was diagnosed with lung cancer & was given a 10% survival rate for 5 years. Each holiday - especially Christmas - I lived as if it were the last holiday I would celebrate. So many things seemed so trivial & I was determined to live each day to the fullest. My surgery (followed by chemo and radiation) was April 1996! The Lord had other plans for me. January 2000 my husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis & I became his f/t caregiver until he passed in April 2018 - 3 months shy of our 50th wedding anniversary. Everyone should remember "Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery; today is a 'gift' which is why they call it the PRESENT"! Thank you for sharing Sheila's beautiful story.

  • Donna Bogema

    12/25/2019 09:03 PM

    Thanks for sharing these uplifting Christmas memories!!

  • Cindy Zapotocky

    12/25/2019 08:28 PM

    Boy, did that story being tears to my eyes about Sheila and the tree lights. Thank you Mr. Huckabee for being a light in so many hearts of Americans who receive your commentaries. It means a lot that you shine courageously, unashamed of Your LORD, unashamed of being an American. Please pray for our family....we have a son Alan who is very ill with Chron's disease. We have asked The LORD for a miracle of healing...guidance....courage....faith. Blessings to you and your family, Cindy Zapotocky in Spokane, WA

  • Carol Stonelake

    12/25/2019 08:19 PM

    Mike, thank you for sharing such inspirational stories with us. We certainly need them now as our times are troubled and there are many lost souls out there. God bless you and your family with good health and much happiness this coming year! C Stonelake