A wonderful keepsake for the Christmas season: a collection of true stories about ordinary people whose lives are touched in the most extraordinary ways.
A chance encounter that changes everything . . . help that appears from nowhere . . . kindness when we least expect it-we've all experienced miracles in our lives. As we search for truth and joy during the Christmas season, events happen that we can't explain, perhaps allowing us to see the hand of God working in the world.
Now America's #1 inspirational author Karen Kingsbury has collected more than a dozen real-life stories about people whose lives were changed by something mysterious and undeniably wonderful during this special time of the year. Among them are:
That Silent Night ~ When his airplane looks certain to crash, a young man believes he'll never spend Christmas with his new bride-until a voice comes over the plane's radio.
A Helping Hand ~ At a highway truck stop, a mother and two children in desperate trouble ask God for a sign that He still cares.
Christmas Angels ~ When a tiny boy gets lost in the frigid Oregon countryside, two unusual strangers may be his only chance.
Heavenly Hindrances ~ In Beatrice, Nebraska, the pastor, the organist, and the entire choir of the West Side Baptist Church are inexplicably prevented from getting to church one December night. Now find out why. In each of these moving stories, Karen Kingsbury brings us undeniable proof of God's presence in our lives. And with an uplifting voice, she gives us a joyous reminder about the true meaning of Christmas: the greatest miracle of all is opening our hearts to love.
Bestselling CBA novelist Kingsbury combines her talents in fiction and journalism to recount these true stories of Christmas miracles, which she has reworked and fictionalized slightly. The stories all reflect, to some degree, God's intervention during the Christmas season to demonstrate his love: a small plane flying in treacherous conditions is able, miraculously, to land safely; a young missionary is healed of a potentially crippling disease. Some of the stories particularly "Jessica's Gift" could benefit from a softer, less didactic message, but others manage to be inspirational without all of the emotional Sturm und Drang.
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Excerpt from A Treasury of Christmas Miracles by Karen Kingsbury
That Silent Night
It was exactly one month before Christmas when Katy Anderson got word that her mother was dying of cancer in their hometown an hour out of Des Moines, Iowa. At just twenty-one years old, Katy was newly married and living several states away when she received the tragic news.
Her mother was only forty-five and, worse yet, she was alone and unable to care for herself.
"I can't let Mom die by herself." Tears streamed down Katy's face as her husband, Steve, held her close. "She was always there for me; now it's time for me to be there for her."
Although the couple's first Christmas together was fast approaching, they dipped into their savings account and scraped together enough money for Katy to fly to Iowa. It was a one-way ticket.
"God will help us find a way to be together, Katy." Steve kissed her good-bye at the airport, unashamed of the tears in his eyes. "Christmas is about miracles, after all."
Time passed and though Katy's mother greatly appreciated her presence, Katy was secretly terrified. Not only would she have to be strong while her mother wasted away, but she would have to do so without the love and support of Steve.
"You miss him, don't you?" Katy's mother took her hand one afternoon. "Go home, sweetheart. I'll be fine. Me and the Lord had a little talk and he's expecting me any time."
Katy shook her head and smiled, ignoring the heaviness that welled up in her heart. "I won't leave you alone. Besides, Steve says Christmas is a time for miracles. God will find some way for us to all be together."
Back home in Montana, Steve stood up in church the Sunday before Christmas and asked the congregation to pray for him. "I want to be with Katy and her mother." He paused, meeting the eyes of friends and family he'd known for years at First Central Community Church. "Pray that God will work a miracle and find me a way there."
It was nearly a three-day drive from Billings, Montana, to Katy's mother's house in Iowa, and though Steve's boss had agreed to give him five days off around Christmas, there was no way he could make the round-trip by car and still have time with Katy and her mother. Finally, three days before Christmas Steve got a call.
"Heard you need a little answer to prayer." It was Joe Isaacson, a local business executive and longtime First Central church member. Joe owned a two-seater Cessna that he often took out on the weekends as a way of relaxing. He was planning to fly on Wednesday, December 23, and was willing to go quite a ways farther if Steve needed a ride to Iowa.
Especially at Christmastime.
Chills made their way along Steve's arms and legs. He thanked Joe and made plans for when to meet him; then he called Katy and told her the news. "We're going to be together after all, honey. I knew God would give us a Christmas miracle if we asked Him."
Katy was quiet on the other end. "Hurry, Steve. Mom...she isn't doing well."
Small planes were not high on Steve Anderson's list of reliable modes of transportation, let alone means of relaxation. In fact, he'd never flown before and had always figured when the time came to board a plane it would be a jumbo jet. But the opportunity to fly from Montana to Iowa to see his wife for Christmas was too irresistible for Steve to pass up.