Well, it’s Christmas again. And I have a message about this special day that I’d like to share. I cannot count the number of friends who have told me that the holidays are the worst days after the loss of a loved one. They are right. And if you’ve ever lost a loved one, you know just how right they are.

My daughter Samantha had a very close friend named Helen. She was her closest friend in life. On the Christmas Eve after Samantha died, Helen brought me a present and instructed me not to open it until Christmas Day. It was a poem, and although I could hardly read it through the tears, it had a special message. This was our first Christmas without all the children and grandchildren gathered around for our traditional breakfast. When it came time for me to offer grace, I asked each one to bow their heads, and the poem was my prayer. The poem seemed to be a message from the one who was missing from the table.  

The poem is entitled “My First Christmas in Heaven.” I want to share it with you, and especially with those of you who are spending your first Christmas without a loved one. I hope it touches your heart as it did mine.

My First Christmas in Heaven

I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below,

With tiny lights like Heaven’s stars, reflecting on the snow.

The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away that tear,

For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear,

But the sounds of music cannot compare with the Christmas choir up here.

I have no words to tell you of the joy their voices bring

For it is beyond description to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me. I see the pain inside your heart.

But I am not so far away. We really aren’t apart.

So be happy for me, dear ones. You know I hold you dear.

And be glad I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I send you each a special gift, from my heavenly home above.

I send you each a memory of my undying love.

After all, love is a gift more precious than pure gold.

It was always most important in the stories Jesus told.

Please love each other, as the Father said to do,

For I cannot count the blessings or love He has for you.

So have a Merry Christmas, and wipe away that tear,

Remember, I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.


George Lusby is the former Scott County judge-executive. “The Best of Crawfish and Minnows,” is available at the News-Graphic office.

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