WAFJ Tribute

Friday, December 22, 2006

Merry Christmas from Heaven

As I look back over this past year - it seems hard to believe that a year has past.

I want to thank my family, "my journey to a miracle family" for helping me thru these past two years. You have faithfully lifted me and my family to God in prayer. And your prayers have been answered. They have helped me to face all the changes that I have had to make in my life. It is by God's grace, and peace that I can face each day. He has faithfully guided my steps, as I have stepped out into new territory.

My simple words of "THANK YOU" just don't seem to express all my feelings and love, but I am assured that my God will bless you for your support and love.

This past month - getting ready for our Christmas musical, our Music Minister, Pastor Mike asked the choir to write a devotional, formated around the music we were singing or by giving a testimony. I did not realize how hard this was going to be for me. All the music was beautiful, but no one song stood out to me. It has been difficult to get into the holiday spirit. You see, there are so many memories, from a year ago that are bombarding my mind.

And the memory that keeps coming back to me is Scott standing before his congregation on Christmas morning. He served communion, prayed and shared God's word to his church family for the last time. I can still see the church family lined up to hug their pastor, friend, and mentor and whisper the words "I love you" to him.

A few weeks ago the Biker Ministry gave me three Christmas tree ornaments - one for me and one each for each of my daughters, Melody and Candi. It is a pewter ornament with these words on it: "Merry Christmas From Heaven", and the poem that follows was included.

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights.

I still share your hopes
And all of your cares
I even remind you
to please say your prayers.

I just want to tell you
You still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
Above all the crowd.

Keep trying each moment
to stay in HIS grace
I came here before you
To help set your place.

You don't have to be
Perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip
If you continue the climb.

To my family and friends
Please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
In a new special way.

I love you all dearly
Now don't shed a tear
'Cause I'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year.

As I read this poem and looked at the ornament, I shed tears and missed my dearest husband and friend. But my heart is filled with joy that Scott will celebrate Christmas in heaven this year. Where he will tell and sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus on this Christmas day. He will be with us in our hearts and minds as we celebrate our King's birthday. Happy Birthday Jesus!

Merry Christmas Scott! Merry Christmas church!

I love you!

Vicky

C & R Copyright 1990. John Wm. Mooney Jr.