Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas In Heaven

My daughter, Shannon, will be spending her first Christmas with Jesus this year. I was so blessed to spend 40 Christmases with her. Christmas was our absolute favorite time of the year. I feel this poem is so appropriate for her.

Shannon died Saturday, December 19th at 10:10 pm of a septic infection in her blood stream. Shannon had been ill for 30 years. Her body was never very kind to her, but she loved and trusted the Lord deeply. She never let her pain or disability rob her of her joy or her faith. She fought a good fight; she ran and finished the race. She has crossed the finish line and is now in heaven celebrating her victory in Christ with Jesus.

I'm Spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this Year

I see the countless Christmas trees, 
Around the world below. With tiny lights, like heaven's stars, Reflecting on the snow.

The sight is so spectacular, Please wipe away that tear. For I'm spending Christmas, With Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs, That people hold so dear. But the sounds of music can't compare, With the Christmas choir up here.

For I have no words to tell you, The joy their voices bring. For it is beyond description, To hear the angels sing.

I can't tell you of the splendor, Or the peace here in this place. Can you just imagine Christmas, With our Savior, face to face?

I'll ask Him to light your spirit, As I tell Him of your love. So then pray one for another, As I lift you eyes above.

Please let your hearts be joyful, And let your spirit sing. For I'm Spending Christmas in Heaven, And I'm walking with the King.

Please love and keep each other, as my Father said to do.

For I can't count the blessing or love he has for each of you.

So have a Merry Christmas and wipe away that tear.

Remember, I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

~© Wanda Bencke ~

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

My Richmond Ramblings: Richmond Marina Parade Of Lights

Summer may be over, but there’s still plenty of boating fun to be had. The Marina Bay Yacht Harbor will hold its second Lighted Boat Parade from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 12. Boaters decorate their vessels for a boat parade marking the festive holiday season. Spectators viewing locations for the decorated craft will include Jay and Barbara Vincent Park at the Marina Bay peninsula and Lucretia Edwards Park at the foot of Marina Way South.

Awards will be given for best-decorated sailboat and powerboat and best overall. Participants are asked to bring nonperishable food items to donate to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. The parade is sponsored by the yacht harbor and Tradewinds Sailing School and Club.

2580 Spinnaker Way, 
Richmond, CA 94804 
 Phone: (510) 232-7999 or (800) 321-TWSC Email:


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