Greatest Christmas gift

This is a true to life story that i read in the newspaper yesterday..Just wanna share with you guys..

The night God gave me back my Angel

It’s been more than two years now since I lost the most important person in my life to cancer — my wife Eva. It’s been two years that I have been celebrating Christmas alone with my three beautiful daughters.

You see, the pain of losing someone you love gets more painful as the day goes by. They say time heal wounds, I say time deepens the wounds. As the days, months and years goes by, the more I miss her and longed for her.

Two questions arises everytime I talk to people I meet — it won’t be easy raising three kids alone and when am I going to get married again. My answer: I am not raising my kids alone, I am raising them with my God. Marriage they say? I am married again since my wife passed away. I am married to my Lord Jesus Christ.

Since the day my wife died, there’s only one thing I want more than anything else — to be with her again, even for just a couple of minutes. Day and night, I will pray to my Lord and Savior about this desire to be with her. For me to be able to tell her how much I love and miss her, and at the same time to ask for her forgiveness for all the shortcomings I made during her brief stay here on Earth.

God indeed answer prayers especially the prayers with Faith. God answered mine after two years of praying. I dreamt of my wife just last week, the first time in two long years.

The dream went like this: Tired from work, I went home looking forward to a nice meal, only to find my wife waiting for me at the living room. She was wearing her favorite red house dress. I rushed to her side and hugged her tight. With tears in my eyes, I kept kissing her and whispering to her how much I love her and miss her.

I sat down still hugging her, her back against my chest. My arms wrap around her body. We started to reminise our life, how we met, our courting days, the day we got married, the day we became mom and dad, the hardships we went through and of course the joy of being married for 18 long years. We were just laughing and hugging each other the whole night.

Then my three daughters came into the picture. She hugged them so tight, kissing them one by one, full of love and care. My wife reminded the kids to be diligent with their studies, to take care of one another and to strengthen their love, trust and faith to the Lord.

Then she turned to me and hugged me again. I whispered to her “Mom, I am sorry for all my foolishness and shortcomings. I am sorry for not being able to show you how much I love you the way you want me to. I am sorry for all the pain that I have caused you. Please forgive me”.

My wife answered “Dad, there is nothing to forgive. You have loved me the way God wants you to love me. During my five months of treatment, you have shown me and given me all the love and care a wife wants from her husband. More importantly, you have given me my life long wish — for you to accept God as your Lord and Savior.”

I was crying profusely and said “I miss you Mom so much” for which she replied “I am with you and the kids every night Dad. I am always around. Be strong and keep your faith. God loves you and the kids so much”. She then hugged me and the kids (like a group hug) and said “I love you all so much” and then she disappeared. The dream ended with me and the kids hugging each other.

Some of you might say that it’s just a dream. To me, it’s a dream worth keeping and telling. In the Bible there are constant references to communication between man and God, between man and the angels, and between man and his higher self through the medium of dreams.

I strongly believe that the dream I just related to you is God’s gift to me this Christmas — a gift of love. At the same time, the dream conveys a strong message to all of us that Christmas is about LOVE. More than the material things, Christmas is about giving love, so make sure you give it to the one you love, to the poor and give your love to our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God … Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.” 1 John 4:7, 11-12

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