December 25, 2023
Guest Writer: Robert Neunkirch
Five years ago, our little Emmalina came into the world facing more challenges than anyone should ever have to endure. Our baby girl was a fighter from Day 1 and had no desire to stay in the hospital any longer than necessary. She was expected to be in the NICU for some time. We were hopeful she could come home by New Years. Imagine our surprise when we went to see her the morning of Christmas Eve and the doctors said she had improved more than anyone could have anticipated. They started talking about sending her home that day. And that’s exactly what they did. Every doctor and specialist that needed to sign off on her release, made it happen. We were blessed that she was well and forever thankful that all of the doctors took the time to make her release possible, despite the holiday. The first time our little angel woke up in her own bed was Christmas morning!
I’m positive the Christmas meal wasn’t perfect that year and there were probably fewer presents than normal. I honestly don’t remember many details of that Christmas Day. I know without a doubt though, that it was the best Christmas we ever had!
Father, thank you for teaching us perspective. Only you can take the most trying of times and turn them into beautiful miracles. As we thank you for the miracles in our own lives, we also remember the miracle of Jesus in a manger. All is truly possible through Christ. Amen.
Rev. Bruce Frogge