Home for Christmas

Sharing Stories

Pat as a young girl.


“I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.”

But, as the tears start to form, I say, “Where is home?”

Is it where I was born, where I grew up, where my son grew up?

Or is it one of the many homes since then I have had?

For now, my home is where I hang my hat

—a place where I can be me,

a place I can meet with my Lord

and remember the family that makes it home.

My church family has become my home,

a home full of friends too many to count.

So, now when I hear, “I’ll be home for Christmas,”

I can think of my church family, who will always be there for me.

So, may we come to our Lord’s house,

and say, “I am home for Christmas.”

Today and all year through,

may the joy of Christmas be with all of you.

Patricia Beaudry a retired church secretary and business owner recently moved to Mountlake Terrace who has generously contributed stories and poems to Northwest Prime Time over the years.

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