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December 25, 2021
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THE CHRISTMAS EDITION By Mike Huckabee

Good morning! Back in 2011, inspired by my book “A Simple Christmas,” I asked listeners of my radio show “The Huckabee Report” to share their own favorite family Christmas memories. Some are heartwarming, and some are hilarious, but all of them are inspiring and wonderful. These are some of their stories::

  • Bible Verse
  • Christmas Message
  • Joy to the World

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

This verse was recommended by Mike H.

For unto us a Child is born,

Unto us a Son is given;

And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV

 Please send [email protected] a Bible Verse recommendation if you have one for the newsletter.


2. Christmas Message

I share this story every year on 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.

Back in 2011, one of my radio listeners 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."

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

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!

But wait: there’s now a third miracle. Over the years, I have often thought about Sheila and prayed that she is still alive and well. Last year, nearly a decade after she shared that story that has inspired so many, she contacted me again to tell me this:

“…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.”

I also thank God for her continued good health and for her sharing that inspiring story that has meant so much to me and my readers and listeners over the years.


3. Joy to the world! the Lord is come!

Today's Christmas song is recommended by many readers.

LISTEN: https://youtu.be/th4vXeuP6zo

1 Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King;

let ev’ry heart prepare him room

and heav’n and nature sing,

and heav’n and nature sing,

and heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

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2 Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!

Let men their songs employ,

while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains,

repeat the sounding joy,

repeat the sounding joy,

repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

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3 No more let sins and sorrows grow

nor thorns infest the ground;

he comes to make his blessings flow

far as the curse is found,

far as the curse is found,

far as, far as the curse is found.

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4 He rules the world with truth and grace

and makes the nations prove

the glories of his righteousness

and wonders of his love,

and wonders of his love,

and wonders, wonders of his love.


4. I Just Wanted To Say:

Thank you for reading today's newsletter and Merry Christmas!

 


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  • Jerry

    12/26/2021 09:17 AM

    Would Christians or people of civil religion call the democratic/communist party a organization that promotes peace? If one would engage in the MSM peace would have so many different versions of the word peace arsonists setting fire to buildings has been call peacefully set Governors had sent people with deadly viruses to people very vulnerable to become very sick to eventually losing their life done so peacefully when I look at a democrat and it’s definition of peace I reach for a fire extinguisher I look for a regiment of life saving doctors I look for police that protect civil society when I engage a democrat I pray that my Guardian Angel is next to me to protect and guide me safely away from the democratic definition of peace and an attempt to save my life

  • Don Ukens

    12/26/2021 07:18 AM

    As I read the "Christmas Message" in your recent Christmas Edition, I thought I detected a familiar "ring." Sure enough, "Sheila" is our Sheila, the editor of our weekly newspaper The Hooker Advance here in Hooker OK!

    You probably already know this, but Sheila is a tireless worker, keeping us all abreast of the goings on in our small town. She uses every opportunity to share her faith. Her newspaper office has a better selection of faith based greeting cards than most big cities.

    And it is special to get the local news from a newspaper you can actually hold in your hand rather than some impersonal "device." Her newspaper is actually a community service.
    Thank you for sharing Sheila's Christmas story.

  • Beth Mitchell

    12/26/2021 02:42 AM

    Merry Christmas to you and your staff! Many thanks for your Newsletters! Especially the Prayer Tree!

  • Aaron

    12/25/2021 09:39 PM

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Governor Mike.
    From all your fans in Canada. ????

  • Floyd A Unger

    12/25/2021 07:42 PM

    Thank you

  • Judy Radley

    12/25/2021 07:22 PM

    Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to all.
    Here is one thing to think about for New Year 2022, with the terms Left Wing and Right Wing thrown around to create division among us all, remember this, The Majestic Eagle can only fly straight and unencumbered when both his left wing and right wing are working in sync with each other. Otherwise he gets lopsided and can crash and be destroyed by his own doing.

  • judith jakub

    12/25/2021 06:31 PM

    Merry Christmas to you, your family, and all of your talented staff. You make my day.
    Happy and Healthy New Year, to you all.

  • William Fuhrer

    12/25/2021 06:25 PM

    MERRY CHRISTMAS! PEACE ON EARTH! PRESIDENT NIXON OPENED UP CHINA AND PRESIDENT REGAN MADE THE BERLIN WALL CAME TUMBLING DOWN. NOW WE HAVE CHINA BULLYING WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION AND ALL OF ASIA. WE NEED A LOT OF HELP DOWN HERE. S.O.S