It’s Christmas Eve.

Likely, you are too busy embracing loved ones, baking cookies, delivering gifts or relaxing by the fire to read this post. Christmas is a day that we bustle about to make things perfect; that we seek to create our own little vision of heaven on earth.

But life isn’t perfect and you may be far from home. You may have lost a loved one this year, or a marriage or a job. The expectations of Christmas may be weighing heavily upon your heart.

As my mother was dying this summer, drifting between this world and the next– and I believe, conversing with angels– she repeated over and over, “We have so much happiness ahead of us. You have no idea how much happiness we have ahead of us in the eternities.”

And so, as I am missing her this Christmas, I am especially grateful for the Babe in Bethlehem who lived and died to “wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain.” Rev. 21:4

There is so much happiness ahead for each of us. If your heart is heavy and your hands hang down, let the Lord reach out and heal you. Let Christmas fill your heart.

No matter how busy your day, I promise this video is worth all 8 minutes and 36 seconds.


  1. jenny

    December 24, 2009

    (hanging my head in shame, yes, I am at the computer today…we live far away from family, I’m missing them and checking emails, etc.)

    Michelle, this was simple and beautiful, so thank you–
    an extra little boost to my Christmas Eve. And I absolutely love that Christmas song with its hauntingly beautiful melody. Merry Christmas. 🙂

  2. jenny

    December 24, 2009

    (ps- I was speaking of: O Come, O Come, Emanuel)

    “I Heard the Bells” is great too. 🙂 I went to this last year with my sister. We had both travelled from far away places to spend time with our Grandma, who later this year, succumbed to cancer. It is a fond memory from last Christmas.

  3. as

    December 24, 2009

    Michelle, I needed this post today more than ever. It’s been a difficult few days away from home and I’m feeling very alone. My husband and I are back in his hometown and it saddens me that he is considering falling back into some old habits while we are here. Despite all of this, I hope to stay focused on Christ and find joy in the next few days. Thanks for reminding me of that.

  4. Melissa M.

    December 24, 2009

    Loved this, Michelle, thank you. Christmas always brings out tender feelings, and you captured them poignantly. Hope your Christmas is joyous and peaceful.

  5. S.Faux

    December 24, 2009

    I loved the piece, but I found myself wishing the orchestra was playing at about half volume during the speaking parts.

  6. sar

    December 24, 2009

    I love the last verse of “Once in Royal David’s City”:
    And our eyes at last shall see Him,
    Through His own redeeming love;
    For that Child so dear and gentle
    Is our Lord in heaven above,
    And He leads His children on
    To the place where He is gone.
    Some of the people precious to me in Christmases past have now gone on to “where He is gone.” Part of the Christmas miracle is that winter will pass and Christ’s atonement will reunite what death has parted.

  7. Jeanelle

    December 25, 2009

    Thank you for being in tune with the Spirit and always knowing just what to say. Next year will be better for both of us.

  8. Stephen M (ethesis)

    December 25, 2009

    Thank you, I really enjoyed that.

  9. Carol

    December 26, 2009

    Beautiful post! My mother hovered gloriously between life and death when she was dying and even saw the room being prepared for her in her parents’ home. I miss her terribly during the holidays but feel comforted to know she is no longer suffering and is with all of her siblings, her parents, loving extended family, and my father.

  10. Dovie

    December 26, 2009

    Went and watched that same video through FB this morning… brought tears to my eyes. I think I will share it with my family tonight. Last night we watched the First Presidency Christmas devotional before bed.

    Often Christmas prep overwhelms me, but then after there is much joy. Was that how it was for Mary? Uncomfortable, overwhelmed with just too much at that important time. Then though one last enormous effort the Child arrived. Then it was wonderful for her, wonderful for Joseph, wonderful for all of us.

    Thanks for the tender post. I did read it in all the bustle before and it touched my heart. The week between the holidays is my most favorite all year. So now that there is time to reflect, thank you!

    If your heart missed something in the too much that was last week, revel in the spirit of the the after holiday with me!

  11. Sharlee

    December 26, 2009

    This was so beautiful, Michelle. I shared it with our entire extended family at our program on Christmas Eve.

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