Noah had a beautiful Christmas, each year he grows with excitement - the same anticipation that other children experience on Christmas. His brother tenderly helped open his gifts and often shared gifts that were intended for him and gave them instead to Noah. There is so much love under our humble roof. Small blessings that truly a gift from God. Noah received some really amazing gifts from loving hearts, and he adored each one. So much thought went into his gifts and they match him perfectly! He was happy the entire day, full of laughter and excited squeals.
Just when I thought my heart could swell with no more
love for the gift of happiness in my children's eyes, I opened one last
gift under the tree. A little wrapped package with a card attached. It
was a from a friend that I acquired shortly before Noah's birth, in a
mommy-to-be group. And we've kept in touch since that time, often
sharing life's ups and downs - mostly always being a listening ear
and a long distance hug. I opened the small card and it read:
hard days, wrap yourself in this shawl and know that you are not
alone. You have people all around the world who love and admire you and
who wish they could do more to lighten your load. And God is always
there for you too, even in the moments when it doesn't feel like it.
And on good days, you can wrap yourself in the shawl and celebrate. I'm
praying for many good days ahead. Happy 5th Anniversary of being a
truly magnificent mother! You work harder, fight harder, love harder
than anyone else I know. This is a prayer shawl for you, from our
church's knitting ministry. The person made it prayed for the recipient
as she made it, and I prayed for you as I chose and wrapped it."
card that describes the gift: " O Loving God, Renew and strengthen the
person who receives this shawl, today and every day. Grant them peace
to lighten life's journey and provide hope to sustain them. May this
gift of yarn and prayers woven together be a sign of Your loving
presence. Hear our prayers for the one who uses it, that You would
surround them with tranquility when they are afraid, understanding when
perplexed, warmth when they are weary, and peace when they feel
uncertain. May this shawl remind them that they are not alone. Amen."
was the most meaningful and special gift I received. The true heart
and gift of Christmas. That one gift brought me such feelings of
comfort and of being loved during all of the hard times in life - for
all that I experience. It felt as if God sent me this care package via
the heart of another to remind me that I'm indeed not alone and that
through it all I can continue to find hope in all things possible. My
pink shawl to carry me through all the pain and the joy.
that you all felt that kind of powerful love this holiday season, it is
the kind of love that will carry you into the new year to find strength
and courage to assist you through life's journey. Merry Christmas to
Noah's Miracle by Stacy Warden is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.