Do you believe in Christmas miracles?
Last Christmas I asked God for a miracle. (I wrote about it HERE.) At the time I didn’t give specifics but today I want to tell you about that prayer and how it was answered…
But first, here’s a bit of what I wrote in that Christmas Miracle post last December…
(December 9, 2009)
I’ve been thinking a lot about miracles lately.
Because I’m asking for one. And since it’s Christmas, the thought of a Christmas miracle dances in the forefront of my mind, all sparkly and tied up with a satin bow, but I know that sometimes when we pray and God answers, those answers are nothing like we expected. Nevertheless, I’m praying for one. A Christmas miracle.
My prayer last year was for a Christmas miracle for Emma, our youngest daughter.
She was on a path that we believed would lead her into heartache and possibly even harm. I ached for Emma and feared for her future. But Emma, an adult, lived on her own (still does!) so what could I do?
Sometimes all we can do is pray. But my prayers felt small and useless, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I should be doing something more. Then one morning, when I was talking to God about my daughter, I discovered something deep in my heart. A surprise really.
A smidgen of faith.
God put it there, that smidgen of faith, and from that tiny place came a prayer… “a Christmas miracle Father. I’m asking you to do a miracle in my baby girl.”
Now you may ask for a miracle every day, but not me. I just don’t have that kind of faith. But on this frigid morning in December 2009, I found a little faith and I tip toed into the throne-room of the God who made the universe and I asked Him for a miracle on behalf of my daughter.
I prayed that prayer all through December and into February. But my prayers turned to “more pressing matters” when Emma told us she was pregnant.
I wrote about my struggle to deal with Emma’s pregnancy HERE. So many of you responded with such support and encouragement I could never adequately express to you my gratitude and love…
As some of you know Emma’s pregnancy was not easy. She was in the ER over and over and even had to stay in the hospital for several days. And as far as Emma’s future, it looked more uncertain than it had before. And my prayer for Emma’s Christmas miracle was long forgotten.
Eventually, Emma and Ben settled into a new home and Baby Lucy made her entrance into the great big world. Lucy Jean is a joy and a treasure.
As the first days of December 2010 unfolded amidst tiny lights and sparkly ornaments I remembered my prayer from 12 months before…
My prayer for a Christmas miracle.
And I laughed out loud.
May I introduce you to Lucy…aka: Christmas Miracle!
My prayer for God to get Emma off of the destructive path she was traveling was answered. Emma is a different person today than she was 12 months ago. Emma is a loving mom who gives her whole heart to her tiny girl.
Remember what I said last December when I first asked God for a miracle…“I know that sometimes when we pray and God answers, those answers are nothing like we expected”.
Truer words were never spoken my friends.
Things aren’t like I “expected”. And I’m certain God isn’t finished. But He mercifully answered my prayer and I will forever thank him…
I was wondering…have you ever experienced a Christmas miracle? Do you need one? If you’re praying for a Christmas miracle I’d love for you to leave a comment or email me ([email protected]) and I commit to joining you in prayer…
love to each one of you…
(ps…I asked Emma if it was okay to share this and she was all for it)