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The Gift of Presence

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I'm happy to welcome this week's guest blogger, Marcie Bridges, a gifted poet. I know you'll be blessed by her work, as I am.  NL


The Gift of Presence


Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  John 14:27




It’s been a rough year. For many of us.


I’ve watched throughout this year as several friends have gone through heartache and heartbreak

that just crushed my heart for them. There were no words to say. Except, I’m so sorry. And just

when it seemed things would settle down and they could catch a breath, another tragedy, another

loss, another set of bad news befell them. One step forward, 1,000 steps back.


They are the brave ones. The friends who still smile, they still love, they show us how to

continue on when it feels like life is choking the stuffing out of you. I admire them so. I love

them even more.


Someone recently asked me what I want for Christmas. And after much thought, here are my

greatest wishes: 



I want everyone to know my Jesus

the One who died for you and me

For everyone to have the gift

that truly sets us free.

I want to see my family

all gathered round the tree

To not just give each other presents

but the love and grace we need.

I want to see those hurting

find a peace only God can give

So that on this Christmas Day

Their hearts won’t be so sad and dim.

I want to be the person

that reaches out to those in need

Extends the hand of forgiveness

even when it is not asked of me.

I want my dearest friends

who’ve had the ache of loss

To feel our Savior’s arms

around them through this sorrow.

I want so many things like this

it is hard to make a list

But mostly I want for all of you

A very joyful Christmas!


~Marcell Warner Bridges




The greatest desire of my heart is that during this Christmas season and through whatever lies

ahead for each of you, is that you will feel the gift of God’s presence each and every day. That

you will know how wide, how long, how high and how deep the love of Christ is in your life. I

pray you will feel His peace and His comfort in every hard situation, and you will rest in His

loving arms always.


The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.

Psalm 145:18

Merry Christmas with Love,

Marcie Bridges


Marcell (Marcie) Warner Bridges is a wife, mother, and currently a student at Lenoir-Rhyne

University studying for her Bachelors of Arts in English with the goal of becoming an Editor.

Marcie began sharing her love of the Lord and His Word through poetry at a young age.

Portraying difficult or emotional topics through poetry she deeply desires to encourage others in

their walk with the Lord through the written word. Marcie has been published in several

anthologies and frequently shares her work through her blog: Heart Thoughts Marcie can also be reached through email at

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