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One Christmas

One Christmas

 

Christmas shone so brightly with caroling and angels to light the way for toys, joys, and presents that were sure to come.  However, that was before the darkest night covered the fluffy white snow to the iciest Christmas of all.  It was the winter of 1976, December 29 th to be exact. There was no warmth to comfort me, even from the fireplace.  There was no carol or angel to lighten my way.  There was no more joy in the world when they died that Christmas.  They were the joys in my world, both mother and husband.  It was the worst time of the year for me.  Christmas.  How could I ever love Christmas again?

 

I helplessly watched them hold on to life until there was no longer any trace of warmth. The same bone-chilling ice outside the door was in me too.  I spent so many cold Christmases there-after.  It would truly take a miracle to see the wonder of Christmas again. At twenty-six years old, I was like a child and needed to see through someone else's eyes to find my way back home. Perhaps I was one of the fallen who had to surrender so very far away, before I caught a glimpse of light in the dark and cold that was a reflection of what lies within me. T'was the season to entrust my spirit to the silent night of the miraculous birth of love and joy. And a glorious star was all the light to heavenly peace.

What child is this?

"This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing. Praise, praise, and give Him laud, the Babe, the Son of Mary."

 

 

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Dear, Catherine, This story

Dear, Catherine, This story is so beautifully touching to my soul. You have inspired me with your stories, and this one is another testament to your strength and beauty. I am so happy that you found your "lighted star" and continue to share it! Thank you.

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Merry christmas

Merry christmas

 

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Compassion

Dear Rebbecca,

I am so glad you found inspiration in my story. Especially since you are going through these sorrowful times this holiday season. I'm so sorry for your loss.  

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday with blessings beyond measure that are sure to come your way. 

Thank you very much for your lovely comments:-)

 

Much love,

Catherine Nagle

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Merry Christmas Dr.Jitu

Thank you very much, Dr. Jitu!  How did you paint such a wonderful greeting? It's precious. I love it.

Much love,

Catherine Nagle

xo

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Your returning joy..

I am so glad you are once again able to enjoy Christmas. It is hard to lose loved ones, and memories at Christmas can flood in to grieve us.

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Counting my Blessings

And oh what a wonderful Christmas this year! I had my entire family over. I prepared Christmas dinner. As I looked around the dining room table, I silently counted my blessings:-) I never want the light to go out and blind me from the joy that's in front of me.

Much love,

Catherine Nagle

xo