An excerpt from First Light: Women's Daily Devotional
It was one of those Christmases when the schools didn't dismiss until late December. Amy was teaching and the frenzy of giving finals had left her little time to enjoy the season. She planned to join her husband and three-year-old daughter who had traveled to her mother-in-law's home, where they would spend the holidays. Amy considered herself a veteran flyer, but she was releived to have one of the back seats, statistically the safest seats on the plane.
Amy was just dozing off when the captain announced that they would be going through some turbulence. No problem Amy thought as she cinched her seat belt tighter.
No one was ready for the terrible jolt that caused the plane to drop suddenly. Amy had never experienced turbulence like this. Anxiety was heightened when all the lights went out. She gripped her seat and closed her eyes, "Please, Lord, don't make my little girl spend the Christmas without her mother. Please let all of us reach our loved ones safely".
From somewhere in the front of the plane, came a giggle. With the next jolt the giggle turned into a little girl's hearty laugh that only a child can produce. Soon the child's laughter infected all the passengers. People were laughing and were almost disappointed when the captain announced they were clear of the turbulence.
When they landed safely a short while later, Amy was one of the first to get off the plane. She never did catch a glimpse of the little girl with the infectious laugh, but she was sure God had sent the child to ease their burdens and replace their fears with peace. A Christmas gift from heaven you might say.
When have you received a Christmas gift from heaven?
Luke 2: 10-11
But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord".
When I wake up, and open my eyes each morning, that's a Christmas gift from heaven for me.
I hope that all of you will have an awesome and wonderous Christmas and a blessed New Year!