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Graceful Perseverance: "Christmas in Heaven"

Posted December 18th, 2014 @ 04:12pm

Welcome back, everyone! One week from today is Christ's Day, a glorious, spectacular day during this holiday season.Christmas Story Metaphor I am compelled to share a simple but complex thought I had the other morning as I awoke lying in the arms of the love of my life. The first thought that came to mind, and the first words from my lips were: "I wonder what Christmas is like in Heaven?" As my body was awakening, and I was rubbing the sleep from my eyes, we delved deeper into this conversation and what it truly meant. It quickly became a topic that neither of us could comprehend.

The two of us have witnessed and felt the heart breaking experience of having a loved one return home too soon. His wife and my third son both returned home to be with Christ long before their time, or so we believe. But in Heaven time does not exist. Both family members returned home in divine timing. We trust and believe their work here had been completed, and it was their calling to return home. Both of us totally believe and have peace in the knowledge that God's plan is flawless, intentional, purposeful, a beautiful plan that is perfected beyond our understanding.

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So you ask, how does this relate to my thoughts that morning about "Christmas in Heaven?" There have been many poems written about the Heavenly Christmas experience. Each captures its own essence and beauty, but one of my favorites goes like this.

Stars, Balls and SparkleI see the countless Christmas trees around the world below

With tiny lights like heaven's stars reflecting on the snow.

The sight is so spectacular please wipe away that tear

For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear

But the sounds of music can't compare with the Christmas choir up here.

I have no words to tell you of the joy their voices bring

For it is beyond description to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me, I see the pain inside your heart

For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I can't tell you of the splendor or the peace here in this place

Can you just imagine Christmas with our Savior face to face?

I'll ask him to lift your spirit as I tell you of your love

So, then pray for one another as you lift your eyes above.

Please let your hearts be joyful and let your spirit sing

For I am spending Christmas in heaven and I'm walking with the King.

This poem "Christmas in Heaven" written by Wanda Bencke has appeared on the Internet in many different forms. The above poem is her original. The author says the poem is based on her true experience. "Lysandra Kay Bencke was my thirteen-year-old handicapped daughter. On Christmas day 1997, Lysandra had a seizure and was in a coma for five days before she died. During those five days, I wrote the poem, 'Christmas in Heaven.' I sent it out in belated Christmas cards that year. They also sent it on to other friends and relatives.” 

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In closing,

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given...and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ISAIAH 9:6 KJV

Christmas Blessings,

Debra Marie Pauli


Note: My next blog will post 01/08/2015 





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Comments (2):

What a divine thought, Christmas with Jesus! Tom

on December 18th, 2014 at 10:02pm

Thanks for sharing. Great to contemplate Christmas in Heaven. Pastor Paul

on December 18th, 2014 at 11:26pm
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