A Christmas Card from Priscilla


I just got a Christmas card from Priscilla. It’s one she picked out for me herself, and it came today.

As a pastor’s wife and a campus staff worker, she would often find out spontaneously about somebody’s birthday, anniversary, engagement, graduation, etc. So that she could wish people well under those circumstances, she always maintained a supply of greeting cards. She picked them up whenever possible from a variety of sources—store closeouts, etc.—and kept them for when they were needed.

I went through her supplies this morning looking for Christmas cards. I discovered one that said, “For my husband.” There’s only one person Priscilla would have gotten that card for! She must have been planning to give it to me but never got the chance because her illness intervened.

Well, actually she did get the chance, because now I have it. It’s already making the first Christmas season without her a lot brighter.


Author: endlessmercies

The Rev. Dr. Christopher R. Smith is a writer and biblical scholar who is also an ordained minister and served local churches as a pastor for nearly twenty years. He was a consulting editor to the International Bible Society (now Biblica) for The Books of the Bible, an edition of the Scriptures that presents the biblical books according to their natural literary outlines, without chapters and verses. His Understanding the Books of the Bible study guide series is keyed to this format. He has an A.B. from Harvard in English and American Literature and Language, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell, and a Ph.D. in the History of Christian Life and Thought, with a minor concentration in Bible, from Boston College, in the joint program with Andover Newton Theological School. Dr. Smith answers questions about the Bible, particularly those that arise from the use of his study guides, at goodquestionblog.com.

5 thoughts on “A Christmas Card from Priscilla”

  1. Dear Chris, I just feel God’s hand in all of your posts. Thank you doesn’t seem to cover it. Praying God’s Grace will cover loneliness. This season, in particular, must be difficult.


  2. Chris, As many know, and as your blog has so clearly portrayed, Priscilla was an amazing, beautiful, thoughtful, and loving person. God designed you for each other and even now continues to bless you with her. I thank God. Blessed Christmas to you.


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