Do You Believe in Miracles? And What Really Matters in Life, Anyway?

Are There Really Christmas Miracles? (or any other time of year?)

In early December, only a couple of weeks ago, my boyfriend of eight years told me that his son had called him. To some, this may be a normal thing. But to him, this is an answer to years of anguish, years of loss, and years of prayer. As he was telling me about it, my heart leapt up with an amazing joy, something I hadn’t felt in a long time. It seemed like a “Christmas miracle.”

As for my Christmas spirit, I had been feeling like quite the Grinch. Perhaps some of it was warranted, as many changes have occurred in my professional and private life over the last few years, some changes of which have been very stressful and have robbed from me any sense of hope.

Miracle on 34th Street, Hampton 2008
Miracle on 34th Street, Hampton 2008 | Source

My Own Lack of Christmas Spirit

I didn’t decorate for Christmas this year. Not at all. This is very unusual for me, as it is the first year EVER since being on my own that I haven’t decorated. Actually, for the past twelve years, I have had big Christmas parties, complete with numerous appetizers and finger foods that I would spend all day working on. Spotless house, fancy clothes, dog in Santa suit, and cats with bows—these were part of my holiday plan as well.

But this year my burnout took its toll on the Christmas season…until the day I saw my guy emotional and unable to speak after a call from his son that he hadn’t talked to in years, and hadn’t seen in over eleven years. And my numb aversion to this year’s Christmas celebrations began to melt….

And the Miracle Continues....

And now, two weeks later, his second son, who also lives many states away, called him. They both want to see him and are sorry that so much time has passed. He is making plans to travel north after Christmas when they have some time off work. One son said that if Dad can’t make it, then he’ll come down and get him! To see the wet, grateful eyes of my long-time love is the best Christmas gift I could have, and perhaps it’s something that will also miraculously get me into the Christmas spirit this year.

So What Really Matters in Life?

So what really matters in life? At Christmas, many focus on the amazing birth of Christ, which influences their giving in spirit and gifts. Others, who may not follow the religious aspect, still get into the giving spirit of the season. Whatever the focus, I think most people would agree that family being around is an integral part of the specialness of the season. When I have thought about something happening to my guy--his untimely passing--without ever reconciling with his sons, I have been overcome with sadness for him and for them. Such unresolved pain!

Now after all these years, I am grateful to God for answering the prayers I and others have prayed. Seeing the joy and gratitude in his eyes, the tears, make me feel that somehow he, as well as I, are being brought back into the spirit of Christmas with a miracle we were both afraid might never happen.

I am thankful. I don't have the words to express how much, but I am so thankful.


*Note: This happened a couple of years ago in late 2011, but the reconciliation was real, and the relationships continue. Here's to you . . . in hoping for your own miracle.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

that is so awesome.. God is so good. I believe in answered prayer. I have seen it so many times..Merry Christmas to you and yours..


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for your vote of confidence, Deborah. I am amazed, and for such an answer to prayer to come at Christmastime, I feel that it will renew some much needed faith and hope in both me and my boyfriend. Your comments warm me. Thank you.


Brenda Durham 4 years ago

Victoria, oh this hub's bringing tears of joy to my eyes! Yes, God is a miracle worker. I'm so glad for you and your boyfriend. And for his children!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Brenda! It really feels like a miracle to me. It has picked us up so much!!!! I can hardly wait to see how it goes with them. Thank you for your faith and comments.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Victoria,

I've been on your BF's sons shoes..and I have become a dad of two boys. So from the male side I can tell you that God is always there...we just need to focus on his word. Not religious myself to preach his word...I'm the friend you know, and you always read my comments. I have witnessed so many miracles, that I forget sometimes to Thank him for..even for letting see my friendly hubbers Creativity as an expression of their Souls. I have been granted this mind and I use it to share wit you and our friends in here...every now and then, I crack a joke, but dee inside we are just your friend. Glad to have meet you and Wishing the best for you and your boyfriend. And I can tell you this...when we grow as men..we start looking into our past and..I guess your man's kids caught up with him..right on time. Very Happy for you and ...Cheer up girl!

LORD

I like your puppy..and those kittens..!


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epigramman 4 years ago

..well what really matters is people like you my sweet Miss V - and the fact you stand by your guy and you support him - for he is truly a lucky and blessed man - to receive your love and support - and I am truly a lucky hub guy for meeting someone as special as you!

If you look to my Facebook page you will see with a direct link back here - the meaning of life and one of the most wonderful Christmas stories you'll ever read - BECAUSE it came from .....you!!!! lake erie time ontario canada 1:23amn


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

This is truly an awesome story. I am so pleased that God has been able to bless you in this way. my heart is warmed too. I have not done any decorating this year either, but I'm already looking forward to next year. I pray that your guy's relationships with his sons is brought to full restoration and more, as only God can do. And may you and all you love have a truly blessed Christmas.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I don't have any favorite memories associated with Christmas but I enjoyed reading this


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yep, Lord, right on time. I love your serious side as well as your witty side. You're a smart, caring, talented writer. I'm glad our paths have crossed. You rock, Lord! Thanks for all your encouragement. I have much to be thankful for!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ah, Epi, thank you so much for what you said. I do try to be supportive. And I've also fortunate to have met you. Your support and encouragement has really helped me along in the hub adventure. Thanks for the link to my Christmas story. You are truly wonderful. Merry Christmas!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

homestead...I'm glad this story warmed your heart. I, too, am thinking that next Christmas I'll be in the mood. Perhaps that will happen for both of us. I'm so thankful for this blessing. It may be just what he and I needed, and maybe it will inspire others. Thanks.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I'm glad you enjoyed it, Vinaya. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hi Victoria, I am so happy for your guy, and his boys that called. I love that story, and I think Christmas miracles do happen. I lost my father this year, and it touched my heart all the more. Life is precious, and flying by.

Thanks for sharing, and Merry Christmas!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, oceansnsunsets. Yes, I'm so happy about what happened.... I never thought a Christmas miracle would happen in my life, but maybe this is what it is. My boyfriend has had such a tough time, bad luck, whatever it is...and this is amazing! I'm sorry for the loss of your father. I hope your relationship was good. I'm glad this hub touched you. Merry Christmas! I wish you peace....


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arusho 4 years ago from University Place, Wa.

What a great Christmas present, keep on being thankful!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

How amazing, what better Christmas present could anyone ask for. I am so happy for you and your man.

Have a wonderful Christmas now that the spirit has found you


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I'm working on keeping on being thankful, arusho! Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Rosemay! It IS amazing! I'm so happy for him. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

:-) Merry Christmas, everyone!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

...here's hoping for a better year...!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Merry Christmas Victoria and Happy New Year!


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

It is awesome to hear that after all those years that they have finally opened up communications again. And it is awesome that the Christmas spirit has returned as well. Voted awesome....hope you have a wonderful Christmas.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too, my Lord!

Cogerson, yes, it's great. He's making a trip to see them this week. That right there makes my Christmas special. Thanks for the comments. Merry Christmas!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Still like your puppy I dunno! I pass on the kitty cats..I'm allergic to them...Achooou!

Merry Christmas! and a wonderful new year, Vicky!

LORD


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, Lord, my little dog is my best buddy. He has such a personality. Believe it or not, so do my feline friends. They're all unique. They have their own quirks, personalities, and every single one of them is loving! Sorry you're allergic. At this point in my life, I'd just have to take meds if I developed allergies. I've come too far with these guys. :-) Merry Christmas, Lord, er, Joseph! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

My beau made it there! 11 hour trip. I was so anxious, and I am now so relieved! Now, I pray that things go well with his long-lost sons and that he has a safe trip back. Thanks for all the support. I'm hoping for a happy ending to this little Christmas miracle!


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

Victoria, I realize I am reading this "miracle" story after Christmas has come and gone, but I am so happy these events have brought joy to you, your boyfriend, and hopefully his sons. Loved ones matter so much more than outward decorations! Hope all went well with the trip.


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida

Hello Victoria. I thought of you today and came to visit. I am very happy to hear about your Christmas miracle. I am sorry that life threatened to steal your joy. I know that it will happen. No worries. You do not have to go all out every year. It is so much about how you feel after all. I hope to hear about happy stories when your love returns to you.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

ktrapp--he is there safely, but I'm yet to see how the trip is going with his kids. I'm anxiously awaiting and hoping for the best. I will post when I know how it has gone. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Moms-Secret--so sweet of you to think of me. I hope to have good news when he gets back. And I plan to (hopefully) have the Christmas spirit next year. I do plan to have a big party, complete with directions, food, and everything else!

I hope your holidays have been good. You have lost so much. It's so good of you to reach out, as I know you have your own pain and loss. Bless you, Moms-Secret.


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

I will certainly check back for an update. Best wishes.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, ktrapp. You're a great person. Glad to have met you on here.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

As I have said I think Christmas is Christ and should be and I think you were shown that here. I am less inclined to decorate the older I get I think because I do want to remember what it really is. The birthday of our Miracle Worker.

Happy new year to you and family!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I agree with what you say, Jackie. Perhaps what has happened will help me focus more on what the holiday is supposed to be about. Happy New Year to you and yours, too!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Beautiful story, Victoria. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, PDXKaraokeguy. It was pretty good. I'm hoping next year will be even better!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

it usually is. Take care, my friend!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, KaraokeGuy! Your kind words are appreciated.


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learnlovelive 4 years ago from U.S.

You continue to be an inspiration to me, Vicki (aka Victoria). Just reading your profile is enough to remind someone of how far people will go to satisfy their passion for knowledge and understanding, all the while aiming only to help the world. Sure, we all fall short but it's important to take reverence in our victories. Whether they are in civil liberty and personal independence or found in the hearts of our loved ones. I really admire you as a person and you clearly have a strong influence here on HubPages. You are a powerful writer and an appreciated persona. Best of luck in all future endeavors, keep your your integrities, and never stop learning or teaching back that which you have learned to be true.

People often forget to see the big picture and do not correct their path before the end has so quickly found them. I believe it's important to self-actualize and express divine humanity to the utmost degree of your sentient capacity.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

thanks, learnlovelive. I really appreciate your insightful comments. I do love learning and teaching, and HubPages IS a great place to share that. I read your profile and about your recently losing your mother. I'm sorry for that. I hope that your relationship with her was on good terms when it ended. Writing this hub meant a lot to me. I hope that more loved ones will come together before it's too late. Thanks again, and the best of luck to you with HubPages!


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g-girl11 4 years ago

Really good writing. Although it's not Christmas (unless you count "Christmas in July") this subject can apply to any time. Nothing better than having something wonderful happen when you least expect it. Hope all is good with your guy and his sons!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

ggril--Yes, you're right. This can happen any time of year. And, yes, things are still good with my guy and his sons. Thanks for checking!

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