Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Promise

The promise of Christmas lies in the birth and life of the child born on that day. He brought a promise to free us from sin and give us eternal life. In my new book, Winter Promise, a baby is born near Christmas day and he brings a new realization of God's love to a young doctor whose soul is tormented by a tragedy he believes he could have prevented.

The baby in the book is named for a very special baby boy whose life on earth lasted less than a month. In the brief weeks of his life, he touched so many hearts. His parents' faith and testimony during the weeks that followed little Connor's death had a tremendous effect on my faith and on that of so many others. I dedicated the book in honor of his parents and in memory of him. I named the baby in the book Connor Allen so that Connor Allen Peterson would live on in the pages of my book as Connor Allen Winston.

Forty-nine years ago last week, God performed another miracle with a tiny baby. Our middle son came prematurely and weighed around 4 pounds when he was born. His lungs were not fully developed and he had the same condition that caused the death of the Kennedy baby just months prior to Robert's birth. Robert was born on a Monday, and the doctors didn't expect him to make it through the next day, but he did. Then on Wednesday, my Sunday school class met in our classroom and had a prayer vigil. On Thursday morning the doctor came in to tell me that something had happened during the night and Robert was breathing on his own and his heart beat was strong. That morning was the first time I was allowed to see him. From that day on he began to thrive and grow. God gave us a miracle that Christmas in 1962. Today Robert has a wonderful career, a beautiful wife and two great sons.

Christmas is a time for special happenings. We've had some sad times and some extremely happy times at Christmas, but it is still a magical time of year to marvel at the miraculous birth of our precious Lord and Savior.

How do you celebrate the true meaning of Christmas in your home?


Marissa said...

In my home, we read the Christmas story in the morning, and then celebrate with family. We sing Christmas carols and just enjoy being with each other. :)

Martha A. said...

What a special way to honor his life and thank you for sharing the story of your son's miracle!
I hope we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas in our home, we like to think of it as a time of giving to others and not of receiving. We look around us and see what we can do for others and give to others. We were able to adopt a couple families this year!

misskallie2000 said...

When my children were small I would read The Night Before Christmas to them on Christmas Eve. Then when my grandaughter was small I read to her and her brother. Now all are grown so I just enjoy being with my family and old friends at Christmas.

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Jo said...

I gave birth to my first child a week before Christmas which makes it a very special time of the year for us.


Linda said...

We read the Gospel of Luke about Christmas and pray. When our son was younger, we'd make a birthday cake for Jesus and sing happy birthday to Him.

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Janice said...

We have several nativity scenes in view so we are reminded of just Who all the excitement is about. We also have some Christmas music playing that is about Him.

Cara Putman said...

Martha, I can't imagine not being allowed to see my baby. that would be crushing! This year, I went through the Adornaments with the kids. It was a great way to remind them each morning for the last two weeks about Jesus coming and the different names he has.

Daphne Self said...

There is no Santa in our house. Christmas has become so commercialized and the true meaning was "swept under the rug" as the cliche goes. Years ago, my little family decided to present only three gifts each to one another. No more, no less. Then on Christmas Day, after presents are opened, we watch The Nativity Story and then the old, tried and true, It's A Wonderful Life (if we can find it this year. It disappeared on us again.) :o)

Cynthia A. Lovely said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful testimony about your son. As Christmas approaches we try to concentrate more on the people around us. We spend time with family and friends that we don't see much during the year. And we are very involved in our church production reaching out to those who don't know Jesus and who don't understand what Christmas really is all about.