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In loving memory of Gregory Lawson

The First Christmas Eve It was the summer before this Christmas and there was such a clatter, yes, the family was sad, there was something the matter. The Big Guy was down, and we were all so sad. How could this be, this is our Dad. The doctors' ...

The First Christmas Eve

It was the summer before this Christmas and there was such a clatter, yes, the family was sad, there was something the matter. The Big Guy was down, and we were all so sad. How could this be, this is our Dad.

The doctors' face was so long and his words were so grim. You had better say your goodbyes his lights about to go dim. With our hands held together, we cried and we prayed, on that mid summer's day - his body we laid.

Then like a streak of light or a shell shot from a cannon, his soul headed straight toward the Heavens with reckless abandon.

As he walked through the gates of Heaven, his eyes filled with tears, for he felt no more aches or pains, as he had the last few years.

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With his bushy red hair and vision now so clear, his blue eyes only grew brighter as the Lord told him why he was there.

"I've followed your life; you've got quite a file. Your love for all my children has really made me smile."

"You've shown your whole life through and through, that helping Gods children is what you really love to do."

"So go see old St. Nick. He will give you your gear. We've got a special job for you, for this special time of year."

We have all come together on this, the first Xmas Eve. Looking at that empty old blue chair, we still find it hard to believe.

Then one of the Grandchildren said, "Hey where's Grandpa at? This is his chair, this is where he sat."

We all started to cry, we all felt so bad...Then a Christmas miracle, a voice from our Dad!

A voice from that old chair, shouted so loud and so clear, "Hey its X-mas please don't shed a tear!"

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"To my 3 boys of whom I couldn't be prouder. I know, I know I don't need to speak any louder," "To my wonderful daughters, and my beautiful bride, who I Love so dear. Don't worry girls; you know I'll always be here."

"Be happy for me, and don't feel so blue. The good Lords got me doing what I've always wanted to do."

"So enjoy your lives and know I long for the day, when we'll all be together again to pray and play."

"Now look to your grandchildren if you're still feeling blue, give it a few seconds you'll know what to do."

"The joy on their faces the laughter you hear while they play - Its a gift from God to you, for tonight and Xmas day!"

From the silence, we all looked around could this be right. A very precious gift on this very special night.

Like magic, we rose and hugged one another. First my Mom, my two sisters, and each brother.

Then we ran to the children Dad's message so clear. Join in the laughter, help spread Christmas cheer.

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This story is true in my heart I believe. It is how I felt on that first Xmas Eve.

In Loving memory of my Dad

Gregory Lawson

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