By Sue Oberg  |  Encouragement

Many years ago I wrote this little poem and it still makes me smile. I have learned many lessons over the years and one of them is what Christmas is really all about.

It is so easy to get into the lists of things that need to be done before Christmas that we end up doing it with a crabby attitude. Well, at least I did! I remember how stressed I used to be around Christmas. I was more like the Grinch than I really like to admit. But God has a way of changing us from the inside out, and although He is not finished with me yet, He has done a good work so far.

Do you remember how the Grinch’s heart grew 3 sizes that day when he figured out the real meaning of Christmas? God does that with us! But God not only grows our hearts – He actually gives us a heart transplant! He takes our hearts of stone and gives us a new heart of flesh. One that is soft and able to be moved by his love and mercy.

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
—Ezekiel 36:26

Enjoy this little poem and remember, Christmas comes whether we have our “to do” list done or not! It might be better to just shorten the list and enjoy the real reason for the season!


Twas the day before Christmas and all through the house
Mama is scurrying around cleaning the house.
She cooks and she cleans as she prepares for the guests
And doesn’t stop or take a rest.
The presents are wrapped as fast as she can,
And the cookies are flung from the pan.
The longer she works the crabbier she gets
Until something inside her suddenly hits.
Christmas is not what we get or we eat,
It’s not being busy, not taking a seat.
Christmas is something more than all of this
And if she doesn’t stop she going to miss,
The joy of the season and the important reason.
Jesus, she thinks, is the one that we share
And we really shouldn’t have a care.
No gift is worth getting more than the peace that He brings
And then Mama begins to sing.
Joy to World the Lord has come,
And it’s time to stop and remember what has been done.
Jesus came so small and so frail,
But no one but God knew about the nail,
That would go through each hand and his feet,
All so that you and God could meet.
An everlasting life He would bring
So that you and I really can sing!
Now Mama is much happier as she works and she prepares.
She smiles and she sings of the love that this season brings.
It is something she has always known,
But forgot with the rush of what the world says Christmas is,
But Christmas she says is really His!
Twas the night before Christmas and not a sound can be heard
Except the pages of Mama’s Bible being turned
And what a lesson she has learned.
Peace and Joy has come.

Sue Oberg, MATS, BSN, RN, Certified Parish Nurse
Connections Group Coordinator
King of Kings