Christmas Poem

Remembering A Loved One At Christmas

In December 2013 our daughter Vickie lost her fight for life after being diagnosed with cancer. She had fought so bravely. In April 2013 she was given the news that she was in remission. In July that year, my wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. Vickie, her two sisters, and I secretly planned a renewal of our wedding vows. We booked the church and the reception, and I surprised my wife with details three days before. Vickie was told in September the cancer had returned.

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In 2012, my husband's ex-wife moved their 2 children (ages 17 & 15) out of state, 1500 miles away without communicating to him it was going to happen. He would sit on the sofa & cry daily for...

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Christmas Past, Present And Future

© more by Eric R. Harvey

Published: December 19, 2018

Christmas Past, Present & Future....

Present

Each morning as I lie awake,
I pray my soul the Lord to take.
For memories are far too deep
to pray the Lord my soul to keep.

Good memories when you were here
to fill us all with Christmas cheer,
but God above was all alone
and took you for his very own.

And though we know that you are near,
each Christmas we are filled with fear.
How will we cope without you there?
We're left staring at an empty chair.

Past

But cope we do - we all survive
We remember when you were alive,
knelt down by the glistening tree,
shaking presents trying to see.

On Christmas morn you'd wake to find
those presents Santa left behind.
These memories all bring a tear
for you held Christmas time so dear.

Future

And now five Christmases unwind.
Our memories are all enshrined,
for in our hearts you'll always be
until God comes to set us free.

Then we can be together again.
Forget heartache - forget the pain,
but now until our time is due,
Merry Christmas, we love you!

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  • Victoriana ALONSO by Victoriana ALONSO
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In 2012, my husband's ex-wife moved their 2 children (ages 17 & 15) out of state, 1500 miles away without communicating to him it was going to happen. He would sit on the sofa & cry daily for about 2 weeks. In 2016, his son, who was handsome, young, and healthy, died suddenly of an enlarged heart. His sister found him in the morning on his bedroom floor. That was April. December 17th would have been Bryan’s birthday. December 24th is his dad’s birthday. My husband sacrificed himself to allow me to spend Christmas Eve with my children & grandchildren, one of whom would be his last with us because Christmas morning 2016 he died in his sleep from a brain aneurysm. His brother tried CPR until the ambulance arrived. Such is love, entwined with grief & challenge displayed in sacrifice and memories.

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