When You Need A Christmas Miracle

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Welcome to Monday’s Breaking Bread. We have lots of wonderful news to share with you all at the end of today’s post. All of December, we are publishing just one post per week – Breaking Bread only.

Today, Hulda is Breaking Bread with us. May the Holy Spirit open our hearts to receive His Word and walk in His Way, Truth and Life.

When you need a Christmas miracle

The rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. Lk. 1:78, 79

Winter came to our town and brought the cold northern winds along with shorter, grayer days.

It was a few weeks before Christmas at our home group meeting when I asked everyone to write down their prayer requests. Having spent nearly two years together, I knew the precious souls in the room and I knew that some of us needed a miracle from God this holiday season, including our family.

Even though we were the missionaries who had invited our Czech friends for a meal, some encouragement from the Word of God and a time of prayer, something was amiss in our home.

And I knew exactly what I wanted to pray for. We gathered our prayer requests, prayed over them and placed them in our woodstove and watched as the paper lit up into flames. It was our prayer offering to Jesus.

One of the prayers from that evening, Jana’s prayer, still lingers in my heart as a candle of hope, a reminder of what our Heavenly Father will do in our response to our prayers.

Jana* grew up with an abusive, alcoholic father whom she feared as a child. Sadly, her first husband had similar characteristics and she had to take her young son and flee to another town. Now, years later, she prayed for her father whom she hadn’t seen in years.

She wasn’t sure whether he was alive or not or where he was. No one in her family seemed to be concerned but she had come to a place of healing in heart and she wanted to find him. When we‘d talked about forgiveness in our home group, we’d walked her through the process of verbally forgiving her father and then asking for forgiveness for any bitterness and judgment she’d held unto. Those were special times of healing when we gathered in our living room and God met with us.

Months passed and winter turned into spring when Jana came one night with news that they’d located her father! He was in Prague about an hour and half away from our town. He’d been living  homeless, gotten an infection in his leg and had to be taken to the hospital. The authorities traced his family and contacted Jana. When we prayed that night Jana’s face lit up with hope. Her father was alive and she was going to see him.

Turns out he was not as eager to see her but she had expected that. After his extended stay at the hospital, he eventually agreed to come home with Jana.

It was a night of rejoicing that fall evening when Jana rolled her father in his wheelchair into our living room. Seeing Jana’s big smile and her aged father sitting in the wheelchair loved by a daughter whom he’d caused so much pain to was a visible fingerprint of God’s incredible love. We love because He first loved us. Jana’s father had been lost to her but God knew where he was. The answer to the prayer she wrote down that cold December night was now joining us for dinner!

It’s December again and here in the States, the days are warm and bright with blue skies. I’m encouraged to seek God for my miracle. The prayer I wrote down in Czechia two years ago is slowly being answered. The healing of hearts is not an instant event but I’m learning that God meets us at every step of our faith journey. Looking back I can see how clueless I was to the pain in our own home but God is bringing everything into the light where healing can take place.

I’m so thankful that Jesus came into our dark world on that first Christmas. It’s as Zechariah prophesied,

Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. Lk. 1:78, 79

The path of peace brings healing, deliverance and it’s the path that holds the key for the miracles we need in our lives. Because the path of peace leads us to Jesus, who is Prince of Peace.

Friend, do you need a miracle for you or a loved one right now? Will you join me in presenting our need to our Heavenly Father?

Dear Loving Father,

Thank you that you are the God of miracles and nothing is impossible for you. Thank you for the greatest miracle that happened that first Christmas when you sent your Son to save us. We come to you with our prayer offerings asking you to do only what you can do to find, save, heal our loved ones. And Father maybe we are the ones who need to be saved and healed. Will you help us to come to that place of peace with you?

Lord, thank you that we can come boldly to the throne of grace and ask for that miracle we need in our lives even now. You know what it is. Thank you that you are God who sees us, hears us and answers our prayers. Thank you that you love us enough to say no as well because you know what’s best for us. We love you Father and we pray in Jesus name. Amen.

*Not her real name. 

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  1. Dear Hulda,
    Oh thank you for sharing such a beautiful testimony of the power of God’s great love! I am just amazed at how He let you be a part of that miracle with your Bible Study group. And this sentence, though, is hitting me hard today, as I pray for loved ones in hard places: “but God is bringing everything into the light where healing can take place.” Oh, we resist letting in that light, don’t we? It is so painful when the light shines on the dark places. But you are so right, that He is bringing the light so that He can bring the healing right THERE! Thank you for sharing from your heart! May we continue to open our hearts before Him, and find His miracles waiting for us in those dark places. And thank you Anna for being willing to obey God in the sharing of this Beloved Prodigal community! May the Lord draw us all deeper into His arms!

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    1. Dear Bettie, I can finally log into my WP account and respond. Thank you for always having such kind, encouraging words. You are such a blessing to me. May the light and peace of Jesus be with your loved ones who are in those hard places.

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  2. Thank you for this beautiful testimony of how God hears and answers prayer, Hulda. I love the song, too. Yes, He is still the God of miracles, and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I am so awed by how the miracle of God coming down in the flesh makes those miracles possible. Love and hugs to all of you!

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    1. Thanks Trudy! He truly is the God of miracles. Even this week, after this post was published, I saw God answering in such a powerful way. And I believe it’s because of the prayers of friends that went up from all over the world. 🙂 Love and hugs to you!

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  3. Hulda, thank you for sharing this beautiful testimony of the miracle working power of our God. It is such an inspiring and uplifting read. What a privilege to witness Jana receiving her answer to prayer! It brought hope to your heart and does the same for us as we read about it. These words particularly impacted me because the truth of them has hit home strongly over the years: “The healing of hearts is not an instant event but I’m learning that God meets us at every step of our faith journey.” Amen! We need to keep believing in the process even if we don’t see the end result yet. It’s also awe-inspiring to hear how God is leading this community to engage and pray together in so many supportive ways. May God richly bless all who share here and are involved in this needful ministry. 💜

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    1. Thanks Joy! Your words encourage me. Anna, will attest to the fact that I almost backed out from posting this week. I didn’t think my little story would mean much to others … so blessed to know it encouraged you. And i couldn’t agree more about believing in the process and find the joy in journey even in those dark days. Blessings to you!

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  4. I love the idea of a prayer offering. And, how sweet to hear some of the testimonies that came from that offering. Love small groups and how they encourage and strengthen — and pray. Thanks for sharing today; lovely to meet you. 🙂 May the Lord’s presence be felt during this advent season. ((hug))

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    1. Thank you Brenda! Lovely to meet you as well. The idea of the prayer offering was inspired by something that a pastor from my childhood did once. And just this morning I was reading of how Zechariah ministered on behalf of the people offering up prayers and sacrifices in the inner sanctuary. I think no matter how we do it, God loves to hear from us and invites us to ask. 🙂

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  5. This is the second post I’ve read today that reminds me God is the God of the impossible. Nothing is too hard for Him!

    Thank you for sharing this heart-touching story. Love the idea of a prayer burnt offering, so to speak.

    Praying the pain in your home is diminished and turned into something beautiful.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jerralea! Thank you for praying! After this post was published on Monday, I saw God move in a mighty way to bring healing to my family. And I believe it’s because of prayers of friends like you! I pray that you will experience the miracles you need in your life. Blessings!

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  6. Thanks for sharing this lovely story, Hulda. God has been convicting me lately that we have not because we ask not. He has shown me how powerful prayer is. I’ve always know, up to a point, but He is revving up my prayer life and opening my spiritual eyes. These stories of His faithfulness in hearing and drawing near are powerful. He is on the move. These stories of miracles make Him visible.

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