Christmas Eve

William Smith’s version of “A Letter to a Friend” which is read on WJR-AM as a Christmas tradition.  Enjoy.

LETTER TO A FRIEND,

I SALUTE YOU. I AM YOUR FRIEND AND MY LOVE FOR YOU GOES DEEP. THERE IS NOTHING I CAN GIVE YOU, WHICH YOU HAVE NOT GOT. BUT THERE IS MUCH, VERY MUCH, WHEN I CANNOT GIVE IT, YOU CAN TAKE. NO HEAVEN CAN COME TO US UNLESS OUR HEARTS FIND REST IN TODAY. TAKE HEAVEN. NO PEACE LIES IN THE FUTURE, WHICH IS NOT HIDDEN IN THIS PRESENT LITTLE INSTANCE. TAKE PEACE. THE GLOOM OF THE WORLD IS BUT A SHADOW. BEHIND IT, YET WITHIN OUR REACH, IS JOY. THERE’S RADIANCE AND GLORY IN THE DARKNESS, COULD WE BUT SEE. AND TO SEE, WE HAVE ONLY TO LOOK. I BESEECH YOU TO LOOK. LIFE IS SO GENEROUS A GIVER THAT WE JUDGING ITS GIFTS BY THEIR COVINGING, CAST THEM AWAY AS UGLY OR HEAVY OR HARD. REMOVE THE COVERING AND YOU WILL FIND BENEATH IT A LIVING SPLENDOR, WOVEN OF LOVE BY WISDOM, WITH POWER. WELCOME IT, GRASP IT…AND YOU TOUCH THE ANGEL’S HAND THAT BRINGS IT TO YOU. EVERYTHING WE CALL A TRIAL OR A SORROW OR A DUTY, BELIEVE ME, THAT ANGEL’S HAND IS THERE. THE GIFT IS THERE AND THE WONDER OF AN OVERSHADOWING PRESENCE. OUR JOY IS TOO. BE NOT CONTENT WITH THEM AS JOYS…THEY TOO CONCEAL DIVINE GIFTS. LIFE IS SO FULL OF MEANING AND PURPOSE, SO FULL OF BEAUTY BENEATH ITS COVERING THAT YOU WILL FIND EARTH BUT CLOAKS YOUR HEAVEN.

COURAGE THAN TO CLAIM IT..THAT IS ALL. BUT COURAGE YOU HAVE AND THE KNOWLEDGE THAT WE ARE PILGRIMS TOGETHER, WINDING THROUGH UNKNOWN COUNTRY..HOME. AND SO AT THIS CHRISTMAS TIME, I GREET YOU. NOT QUITE AS THE WORLD SENDS GREETINGS, BUT WITH A PROFOUND ESTEEM AND WITH A PRAYER THAT FOR YOU, NOW AND FOREVER, THE DAY BREAKS AND THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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About Tom Roland

EE for 25 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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11 Responses to Christmas Eve

  1. Joe says:

    Very nice!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  2. Right Truth says:

    I haven’t read that before, thanks for sharing.

    The gift that God offers is just that, a gift. We can choose to either accept or reject it. I pray that all will accept.

    Have a wonderful Christmas. Love the show flakes in your sidebar. If I had one ounce of technical ability I would add them to Right Truth.

    Debbie

  3. NEO, SOC says:

    Dude, nice post! I pray you have a Merry, Merry Christmas. God has truly blessed me despite myself. In fact, all of us are blessed because of the Gift of God, Jesus Christ. Be safe and not too much eggnog!

  4. AND YOU TOUCH THE ANGEL

  5. leslie says:

    Thank you for sharing that Tom. Have a wonderful Christmas!

    ~Leslie

  6. Braden says:

    I just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas. Be safe! Let’s not forget our brave men and women overseas either.

    Peace, brother.

  7. Wondrous words. Merry Christmas to you, Tom!

    And I like the new layout.

    BZ

  8. cary says:

    Temporary? Well, that’s kinda a shame. On the other hand, your other layout is nice too.

    Hope you Christmas is Merry, Tom – with you and yours enjoying it together.

  9. Pete says:

    Have a great Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

    Keep up the great work!

    PM

  10. Tom says:

    Thank you, one and all. May your Christmas Eve be filled with love and joy.

  11. benning says:

    Excellent, Tom! 🙂

    Hope your Christmas was wonderful, and that your New Year is filled with success, good health, and Happiness!

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