Message 15: Hanging Remembrance on the Tree

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

When the fresh scent of baking wafts through the house as of old; when the shimmer of my tree is as candlelight in the darkened room and I am lost in its glow; when Christmas memories of cherished ones gone on ahead steep like cupped chocolate hot and warming between two hands…the wonder of the Christmases and those who peopled my past lingers lovingly… and mists me with thankfulness for the remembering. Mm… In my dreams, I am home again for Christmas…


Remembering the good, the loving. 

It is a gift I place within you for healing, , joy, and hope of one-day reunion.  A gift to keep your story and Mine in and through you, flowing. 

Yet…Do not look back on the past as “all there was,” or  “ever could be” — but as a catalyst to what is now, what is to come. 

If there was sadness in the past… remember, I give you beauty now for ashes! 

Where there was wonder and joy… remember, it was only the beginning! 

Hold close the faces and the hearts of those I gave to you as gifts… for I gave them to you to teach and help bring you to who you are today… and those loved ones now with Me are definitely waiting in your future, standing with and beside Me, cheering you on.   

There is tenderness in remembering that softens your heart.  To Me.  To giving to others.  To loving those who despitefully use you.  

A sweetness to marking the lights of the past, as with shimmery ornaments on a tree.  

But most of all remember… Lo, I am with you today, yesterday and to come.  Only believe and you will see wondrous things you have not yet imagined.    



To Ponder:

How has God used those loved ones of my Christmas past to shape my heart towards Him today?


© Pam Depoyan

This is the 15th post in my December Christmas House Calendar theme… similar to an Advent Calendar where you “open a door” to receive a message.  In this case, one born of prayer and whispers from our “not so secret admirer.”  Mark your calendar to come back here often this month for more “secret messages!” 

Missed the introduction to this Christmas House Calendar Theme?  If you’d like to catch up or read any of the posts for this month, you’ll find them here:

Christmas Calendar House Joy

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is now on display and available for purchase at my new gallery in  my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog  —  Christmas Wonder

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10 Responses to Message 15: Hanging Remembrance on the Tree

    • 🙂 yeah, I’m all about vintage… 🙂 I wanted to draw a red truck from the 1930’s era, love how they always used to decorate the trucks for Christmas, and found a photo of this one. It had some cheesy guy dressed with a Santa hat in the driver’s seat though, and I changed that up along with a few other touches… Thanks! My family never had a red pickup and we didn’t live by snow, but somehow this image speaks of my dad, my grandfather, and Christmas delights…

  1. So beautiful! So thankful for a Father who is always with me, working things for my good. Beauty for Ashes is my favorite saying! What the devil means for harm my God always uses for good!
    Hopping over from #DancingwithJesus!
    Christmas Blessings.

  2. Jerralea says:

    Love this! I’m so thankful for good memories with my loved ones. They truly are a precious gift.

  3. Aimee Imbeau says:

    Thanks for this reminder to cherish memories but still look forward to the future. Thanks for sharing on Grace and Truth.

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