Someone Cares: Healing Shared

She gave this special ornament to another family in need of its healing abilities.

- Posted on Nov 24, 2017

The Christmas ornament depicting Jesus cradling a newborn baby in his arms.

The first Christmas after I lost my son to preterm birth, I received a special gift—an ornament showing Jesus tenderly cradling a newborn. The image comforted me.

In time, my grief eased. I gave birth to twin girls, now 16. Last November, after I read an obituary in our local paper for a stillborn baby girl, I found myself thinking about that ornament.

I’d hung it on my tree each year. But could I put it to better use? The idea kept coming to mind.

"If we can get Guideposts inspirational stories into the hands of people who may not have a devotional life, they can share the true-life stories of how God works in the world. The joy of Guideposts is their free, donated magazines - they allow me to help all the people who I am called on to serve."

-Rob Carter,  Nyack Hospital's Director of Pastoral Care

Finally I wrote a note to the baby’s parents about the healing the ornament had brought me and the help I’d found through a local support group. I put the note and ornament in a gift bag and dropped it off at the grieving couple’s house.

A few weeks later, I received a heartfelt thank-you from the mother. I’m glad to know the ornament eased someone else’s pain. Maybe someday these parents will be able to pass it to another family in need.

Learn more about Someone Cares greeting cards!

Did you enjoy this story? Subscribe to Guideposts magazine.

View Comments