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Re: [MOL] A real christmas miracle...



Thank you for sharing Joicy.  This is a lovely story for Christmas.

Peggy


----- Original Message -----
From: "Joicy" <joicy@erols.com>
To: <MOL.mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Sent: Monday, December 25, 2000 11:15 AM
Subject: [MOL] A real christmas miracle...


> Merry Christmas, dear friends!
>
> For many folks, especially those of us who suffer from depression,
Christmas
> can be be a particularly painful time. The "hype" can just add to the
> feelings of despair. Yesterday, as my husband Tim and I started off on the
> long drive up to our little church for morning services, we were detoured
by
> hordes of police cars and emergency vehicles, with everyone looking up at
> the overpass above us. As we passed through, we looked back to the
gruesome
> sight of what appeared to be a man who had hung himself from the side of
the
> bridge.
>
> I can't begin to tell you the grief I felt -- for him, and for his family,
> and for all those who suffer during this season. I prayed hard for him and
> his family, as we continued to drive up. I had a morning and evening
service
> to conduct, but mostly I just wanted to find a quiet corner to grieve for
> all those whose pain is so great, a pain compounded by joy that seems to
be
> for everyone else.
>
> "But that's the reason that little baby was born!" I wanted to say. "For
> folks just like you -- that's the point! For the poor --in spirit as well
as
> pocket; for the broken-hearted; for the hurting and wounded; for those who
> feel they can't go on! That's what we are really trying to celebrate
here --
> that God loves each of us so much, and is so fully aware of our suffering,
> that he chooses to suffer with us, and gives us his very life to
ultimately
> end out suffering." But it was too late to let him know...
>
> Last night, as we drove home after our candlelight service, the day seemed
> to end as it began...another major highway closed and packed with
emergency
> vehicles. This time, we were turned back, and had to try to find our way
> home through a literal maze of twisty, unknown 2-lane country roads.  To
add
> worry, I could only pray that my son -- who had headed home before us --
was
> not in that accident we saw, or lost as we were. It was an hour before we
> could find a road we recognized, 2-1/2 hours before we were safely home,
and
> never was I more glad to hug my son, who was there waiting for us.
>
> It wasn't quite the Christmas Eve I ordered; have you noticed that most of
> them aren't? I wish I could say that as we drove in circles in the dark
that
> I was filled with Christmas spirit...but mostly I felt frustration. For
all
> the beauty of the many carefully decorated homes, all I wanted was to pull
> into the driveway of my own little house. When you feel lost, it is so
hard
> to take pleasure in the journey. (Perhaps it was no accident that we
passed
> the same lit-up country church three times!)
>
> This morning, it is quiet, and the sun shines in spite of bitterly cold,
> piercing winds. A day like others, but different...starting as usual with
a
> cup of hot coffee, and the morning paper. But then, miraculous news! A
story
> on page 3 -- the man we saw on the bridge is somehow ALIVE! What we
> witnessed was the unfolding of this desperate man's threat to jump. As we
> prayed in despair, believing it was too late, God somehow gave the right
> words to the right person, and this man has been given another chance at
> life!
>
> And you know, that's a pretty wonderful gift....
>
> May God be with you all, my friends, and my your Christmas, even if
> imperfect, be full of God's grace. Love and prayers, Joicy
>
>
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