Hello, my dear readers! How are you all? I hope and pray in this difficult time we are all doing well. I’m so sorry been very long time I not post my own post to the blog. It’s just because I’m on pursuing my doctoral program target. In a few days we will celebrate Christmas day. This time I just stopping by to wishing a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all beloved readers and my blog followers. Also, in this wonderful Christmas season I’m asking for prayer support from all of you because right now God blesses us a second child. Now I am 2 months pregnant. Please pray for us that everything will run smoothly until the time I give birth. Thank you very much, dear readers!
This time I just want to share a true wonderful and heart touching Christmas story that happened in December 1997 in Wisconsin, USA. Here goes the story
A little girl named Sarah had leukemia and was not expected to live to see Christmas. Her brother and grandmother went to the mall to ask Mark Leonard who was a professional Santa Claus to visit the hospital to give Sarah the gift of hope through encouragement and prayer.
A year later Sarah surprised Santa by showing up at the mall where he worked. Here goes the story.
A little boy and his grandmother came to see Santa at The Mayfair Mall in Wisconsin. The child climbed up on santa’s lap, holding a picture of a little girl.
“Who is this?” – asked Santa, smiling. “Your friend? Your sister?”
“Yes, Santa.” – he replied.
“My sister, Sarah, who is very sick.” – he said sadly.
Santa glanced over at the grandmother who was waiting nearby and saw her dabbing her eyes with a tissue.
“She wanted to come with me to see you, oh, so very much, Santa!” – the child exclaimed.
“She misses you.” – he added softly.
Santa tried to be cheerful and encouraged a smile to the boy’s face, asking him what he wanted Santa to bring him for Christmas.
When they finished their visit, the grandmother came over to help the child off his lap, and started to say something to Santa, but halted.
“What is it?” – Santa asked warmly.
“Well, I know it’s really too much to ask you, Santa, but ..” – the old woman began, shooing her grandson over to one of Santa’s elves to collect the little gift which Santa gave all his young visitors.
“The girl in the photograph… my granddaughter well, you see … she has leukemia and isn’t expected to make it even through the holidays.” – she said through tear-filled eyes.
“Is there anyway, Santa, any possible way that you could come see Sarah? That’s all she’s asked for, for Christmas, is to see Santa.”
Santa blinked and swallowed hard and told the woman to leave information with his elves as to where Sarah was, and he would see what he could do. Santa thought of little else the rest of that afternoon. He knew what he had to do.
“What if it were MY child lying in that hospital bed, dying?” – he thought with a sinking heart, “This is the least I can do.”
When Santa finished visiting with all the boys and girls that evening, he retrieved from his helper the name of the hospital where Sarah was staying. He asked Rick, the assistant location manager how to get to Children’s Hospital.
“Why?” – Rick asked, with a puzzled look on his face.
Santa relayed to him the conversation with Sarah’s grandmother earlier that day.
“Common….I’ll take you there.” – Rick said softly. Rick drove them to the hospital and came inside with Santa. They found out which room Sarah was in. A pale Rick said he would wait out in the hall.
Santa quietly peeked into the room through the half-closed door and saw little Sarah on the bed.
The room was full of what appeared to be her family; there was the grandmother and the girl’s brother he had met earlier that day. A woman whom he guessed was Sarah’s mother stood by the bed, gently pushing Sarah’s thin hair off her forehead.
And another woman who he discovered later was Sarah’s aunt, sat in a chair near the bed with a weary, sad look on her face. They were talking quietly, and Santa could sense the warmth and closeness of the family, and their love and concern for Sarah.
Taking a deep breath, and forcing a smile on his face, Santa entered the room, bellowing a hearty, “Ho, ho, ho!”
“Santa!” – shrieked little Sarah weakly, as she tried to escape her bed to run to him.
Santa rushed to her side and gave her a warm hug. A child the tender age of his own son — 9 years old — gazed up at him with wonder and excitement.
Her skin was pale and her short tresses bore telltale bald patches from the effects of chemotherapy. But all he saw when he looked at her was a pair of huge, blue eyes. His heart melted, and he had to force himself to choke back tears.
Though his eyes were riveted upon Sarah’s face, he could hear the gasps and quiet sobbing of the women in the room
As he and Sarah began talking, the family crept quietly to the bedside one by one, squeezing Santa’s shoulder or his hand gratefully, whispering “Thank you” as they gazed sincerely at him with shining eyes.
Santa and Sarah talked and talked, and she told him excitedly all the toys she wanted for Christmas, assuring him she’d been a very good girl that year.
As their time together dwindled, Santa felt led in his spirit to pray for Sarah, and asked for permission from the girl’s mother. She nodded in agreement and the entire family circled around Sarah’s bed, holding hands.
Santa looked intensely at Sarah and asked her if she believed in angels, “Oh, yes, Santa… I do!” – she exclaimed.
“Well, I’m going to ask that angels watch over you.” – he said.
Laying one hand on the child’s head, Santa closed his eyes and prayed. He asked that God touch little Sarah, and heal her body from this disease.
He asked that angels minister to her, watch and keep her. And when he finished praying, still with eyes closed, he started singing, softly, “Silent Night, Holy Night…. all is calm, all is bright…”
The family joined in, still holding hands, smiling at Sarah, and crying tears of hope, tears of joy for this moment, as Sarah beamed at them all.
When the song ended, Santa sat on the side of the bed again and held Sarah’s frail, small hands in his own.
“Now, Sarah,” – he said authoritatively, “you have a job to do, and that is to concentrate on getting well. I want you to have fun playing with your friends this summer, and I expect to see you at my house at Mayfair Mall this time next year!”
He knew it was risky proclaiming that to this little girl who had terminal cancer, but he ‘had’ to. He had to give her the greatest gift he could — not dolls or games or toys — but the gift of HOPE.
“Yes, Santa!” – Sarah exclaimed, her eyes bright. He leaned down and kissed her on the forehead and left the room.
Out in the hall, the minute Santa’s eyes met Rick’s, a look passed between them and they wept unashamed.
Sarah’s mother and grandmother slipped out of the room quickly and rushed to Santa’s side to thank him.
“My only child is the same age as Sarah.” – he explained quietly. “This is the least I could do.”
They nodded with understanding and hugged him.
One year later, Santa Mark was again back on the set in Milwaukee for his six-week, seasonal job which he so loves to do. Several weeks went by and then one day a child came up to sit on his lap.
“Hi, Santa! Remember me?!”
“Of course, I do.” – Santa proclaimed (as he always does), smiling down at her. After all, the secret to being a ‘good’ Santa is to always make each child feel as if they are the ‘only’ child in the world at that moment.
“You came to see me in the hospital last year!”
Santa’s jaw dropped. Tears immediately sprang in his eyes, and he grabbed this little miracle and held her to his chest.
“Sarah!” – he exclaimed. He scarcely recognized her, for her hair was long and silky and her cheeks were rosy — much different from the little girl he had visited just a year before.
He looked over and saw Sarah’s mother and grandmother in the sidelines smiling and waving and wiping their eyes.
That was the best Christmas ever for Santa Claus.
He had witnessed –and been blessed to be instrumental in bringing about — this miracle of hope. This precious little child was healed. Cancer-free. Alive and well. He silently looked up to Heaven and humbly whispered, “Thank you, Father. ‘Tis a very, Merry Christmas!”
A true story by Susan Morton Leonard, Santa’s wife
Santa’s name: Mark Leonard or Santa Mark
Beautiful story, Karina! It is a wonderful reminder of God’s faithfulness! Have missed you. Congratulations about new baby and your career! Merry Christmas!
Hello brother! Thank you very much, brother. Merry Christmas to you and yours too. God Bless
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You are welcome. Thank you for reading my post. Merry Christmas. God Bless
Thank you so so much…Stay Blessed
Thanks for checking in and this great story. What a wonderful delight. May God bless you this Christmas and for your work on your Ph. D. How wonderful.
Hello, Brother Michael
Thank you very much for you lovely response. Merry Christmas. God Bless
What a lovely story of a Christmas miracle for sure. I’m also glad to see you back again with a post to share and the wonderful news of another baby on the way. May God be with you during your pregnancy and give you the strength to finish your doctorate as well. You are an amazing young woman. Merry Christmas!
Dear, sister Kathy
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Thank you very much for your prayer. Merry Christmas. God Bless
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Thank you very much. Merry Christmas. God Bless
Thank you Karina for this wonderful story of hope and recognition of the great love of our Lord and the news of the new blessing in your life. May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas. Blessings to you.
Thank you very much, RJ. Thank you for the greetings. Merry Christmas to you and the loved ones. God Bless.
Faithful story. The power of Jesus Christ makes wonders. Merry Christmas, happy holidays!
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This story is so touching and beautiful!!Praying for a very happy & safe maternity tenure to you and may you n your family be blessed with a healthy baby :-)….Merry Christmas !!
Thank you for your heartwarming comment. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. God Bless.
Wonderful story! God bless you more with your new baby and many accomplishments. Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year is my wish for you. Lots of love and hugs,
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Thank you very much to both of you in Hawaii. Merry Christmas to all of you. Warm hugs from me and family. God Bless.
Congratulations, Karina, so very happy for you and your family!! Merry Christmas ❤
Thank you very much. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. God Bless.
Beautiful ❤️ thank you and have a Merry Christmas and a successful end to your doctoral program. Blessings!
Dear, Pastor Pete
Thank you very much, Pastor. Merry Christmas to you and your family. God Bless.
So touching, Karina. I’m so glad you shared this. Merry Christmas!
Dear, brother Mitch
Thank you very much. Merry Christmas to you too. God Bless.
A lovely story, and congratulations on your pregnancy. You’re a busy lady, for sure. Have a wonderful Christmas!
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And Merry Christmas. Best wishes for New year. God bless
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Love to you, Sister, and child inside,
Love to your family, this Christmastide!
Thank you for the story! Have a wonderful Christmas celebration!
Thank you very much. Have a blessed and unforgettable Christmas moment with your beloved family. God Bless.
Congratulations, Karina, on becoming a mother again. I applaud your hard work in pursuing a doctoral degree. May your Christmas be filled with abounding hope for the future, overflowing joy, and amazing love. Karen
Dear sister in Christ, Karen
Thank you very much, sister. Have a blessed and wonderful Christmas to you and your loved ones. God Bless.
Karina, Thank you! May the Lord richly bless you and keep you. Karen
Karina, congratulations on the blessed news! Your family is growing, and your heart is beautiful. Thank you too for sharing this story. Sending much love to you and your loved ones on Christmas and in 2021 xo
Thank you very much, my dear friend Christy. Have a blessed and wonderful Christmas moment with your lovely family. God Bless.
Thank you for sharing this lovely story, Karina. Best wishes on your doctorate! May God grant you and yours a Happy New Year! Love, A. ❤
Dear, sister Anna
Your are welcome, sister. God Bless
Good luck with your doctoral program; congrats on your pregnancy, many thanx for sharing your inspiring story; and have as happy a Holiday and 2021 as possible, Karina.
Thank you very much. Have a wonderful and blessed holiday season. God Bless
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Delighted to read of your happy news!
Glad you have been able to resume blogging!
I hope that 2021 has been blessed so far for you and your family.
Thank you very much. Thank you for your lovely response. May this year will be a blessed year for you and your loved ones. Thank you and God Bless.
Thank you very much, Karina — greatly appreciated!
Ok I know it’s not Christmas anymore, but this story just brought tears to my eyes and melted my heart! What a an awesome miraculous story! Thank you for sharing this!
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