For a Daughter, From a Daughter

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 NIV

I have

a little

Etsy shop

that’s more

like a hobby

harboring 

treasures

and trinkets

that have

brought 

me 

big joy.

Some still do.

And

a week 

before 

Christmas

a vintage

bride doll

boxed away

from my birth

to 

that very day

was

purchased 

for such a time as this.

Love’s timing is always perfect.

The buyer

sent a note

mingled

like

music

with hope

and 

with love

sharing 

that

her 

“most wonderful”

Mom 

was

living

in an 

Alzheimers 

community. 

She 

was

searching 

to bring her

something

familiar 

for Christmas.

Below

her words

was a

breathtaking

photo

of an adorable little girl

in her Christmas best

cuddling a bride doll

that looked 

exactly 

like

mine.

Exactly the same, y’all.

I tried

to grasp

that

something

lost in a trunk

for so long

could

perhaps

possibly 

please Lord Jesus 

bring happy

to her

Mom’s

little girl soul.

Wouldn’t that be “most wonderful?”

Dear one 

when

it seems

there’s 

nothing 

we can do

there’s 

always 

something

we can do.

We can LOVE.

So

before

I packed 

the doll

to go

I stood her 

by our tree

next to ornaments

that represented 

Daddy

Mama

and me.

And

whispered 

a prayer 

for a daughter

from a daughter 

in this season

with a reason

mingled like music

with hope and with love. XOXO

Spread your joy,

tina