It's A Wonderful Life
December 15th, 2014 -- A Soldier's Christmas, Letter From Heaven & Baby Jesus
Wonderful Life column will wrap up its Christmas series with the a couple of poems and a story. The first one will for sure bring a tear to your eye if not make you cry and hopefully help you to remember, respect and give thanks to those that are serving and or have served this great nation. The second one also a tear jerker with some hope and love and the final one should make you smile if not laugh!! Have a Merry Christmas and fantastic New Year!
A Soldier's Christmas
-- Author Unknown
'Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone
in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney with presents to give
And to see whom in this home did live.
I looked all about. A strange sight I did see
No Tinsel. No presents. Not even a tree.
No stocking by the mantle just boots filled with sand.
On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.
With medals and badges, awards of all kinds,
A sober thought came through my mind.
For this house was different. It was dark and dreary,
I found the home of a soldier, once I could see clearly.
The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home.
The face was gentle, the room in such disorder,
Not how I pictured a United States Soldier.
Was this the hero of whom I'd just read?
Curled up on a poncho, the floor for his bed?
I realized the families that I saw this night,
Owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight.
Soon round the world, the children would play,
And grown-ups would celebrate a bright Christmas Day.
They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year
Because of the soldiers, like the one lying here,
I couldn't help wonder how many lay alone,
On a Christmas Eve in a land so far from home.
The very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees and started to cry.
The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,
"Santa don't cry. This life is my choice,
I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more.
My life is my God, my country, my regiment."
The soldier rolled over and drifted off to sleep,
I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.
I kept watch for hours, so silent and still
And we both shivered from the cold night's chill.
I didn't want to leave on that cold dark night.
This Guardian of Honor so willing to fight.
Then the soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure,
Whispered, "Carry on Santa, It's Christmas day, all is secure."
One look at my watch and I knew he was right.
"Merry Christmas my friend… and to all a good night.
A Letter From Heaven
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say,
But first of all to let you know that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from Heaven, where I dwell with God above,
Where there are no tears or sadness, there is just eternal Love.
Please do not be unhappy, just because I'm out of sight,
Remember that I'm with you, every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you, when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me, and said, " I welcome you".
"It's good to have you back again.
You were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here so badly as part of my big plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man".
Then God gave me a list of things he wished for me to do.
And foremost on that list of mine, is to watch and care for you.
I will be beside you, every day of the week and year,
And when you're sad I'm standing there, to wipe away the tear.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight,
God and I are closest to you in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on Earth, and all those loving years,
Because you're only human, there's bound to be some tears.
One thing is for certain, though my life on Earth is over,
I am closer to you now than I ever was before.
And to my many friends, trust God knows what is best.
I am not far away from you, I'm just beyond the crest.
There are rocky roads ahead for you and many hills to climb,
Together we can do it, taking one day at a time.
It was my philosophy and please I'd like for you,
To give unto the world, so the world will give to you.
If you can help someone who's in sorrow or in pain,
Then you can say to God at night, my day was not in vain.
And now I am contented that my life it was worthwhile,
Knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
When you're walking down the street and I am on your mind,
I'm walking in your footsteps, only half a step behind.
And when you feel a gentle breeze of wind upon your face,
That's me giving you a great big hug, or just a s oft embrace.
When it's time for you to go from that body to be free,
Remember you are not going, you are coming home to me.
I will always love you, from that place way up above,
I will be in touch again soon.
P.S. God sends his love.
Where is the baby Jesus?
The decorating committee had just finished their beautification of
the Sanctuary for the Christmas Season. All the greenery and bells
and lovely bows were in place and on the altar was placed the
creche with Mary and Joseph, all the animals, and in the manger lay
the Baby Jesus. Satisfied with their work, the members of the
Committee closed the Sanctuary door and left for home. The Church
remained beautiful and inspirational for the season and for
The day after Christmas, the Pastor arrived at the Church rather
late, having visited those in the hospital before going to his
church. He walked into the Sanctuary, and again looked at all the
beautiful work the people had done, but noticed that the Baby Jesus
was not lying in the manger. He couldn't imagine what the trouble
was; he knew Jesus had been placed in the manger and had been there
Christmas Day. He looked everywhere, wondering what could have
happened, but could not find Him. He raised his head and gazed out
the window, and there, in the church courtyard, was little Bobby.
Bobby was pulling a shiny, new, red wagon - and inside the wagon,
there He was - the Baby Jesus!
Pastor went out and spoke to Bobby. "I noticed Baby Jesus was
missing from the manger, Bobby," commented the Pastor, "and now I
see that you have him in your wagon. Would you like to explain to
me why you removed him from the Church?" "Well, Pastor," Bobby
said, "before Christmas I prayed to the Lord for a shiny, new, red
wagon, and I promised Him that he saw fit to get me one, I would
give Him a ride. I had to keep my promise because He keeps His
promises to me. I will put Him back in His manger now; he has had a
Luke 18:17 Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not
receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter
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