Ode to December

Ode to December

By: Susan Schiller

Shimmering and shining in the distance;

A new beginning sparks from the embers of the old.

I'm willing to be at peace with the dying;

Yearning to see the dawn of this new life.

Waning wintry days whisper words of hope.

Like special gifts wrapped under the Christmas tree,

All of my hopes and dreams are wrapped in shimmering shades of Love

By the One who has never forsaken me and always believes the best about me.

I can trust there is a bright path through the next year.

So, dear December, I receive each amazing gift with heartfelt gratitude.

One gift from 2014 is my husband, patient and kind.

The next gift is provision – that I had food and shelter.

Another welcome gift is health insurance and medical attention. I hadn't had that in so many years.

A surprise gift is joy and laughter – and my granddaughter to play games and tell jokes with.

* * * * * * * * * * *

December, I am disappointed not to have my book finisheh, as was my plan.

I'm sorry doubts and fears still haunt the hallways of my heart.

Complex post-traumatic stress and its effects have stolen precious minutes, even weeks, months, and years, from my life.

But I have a feeling December's gift to me, as one of God's little sparrows,

Is a tree of life, full of little red berries.

Each time I tell a story, this tree will nourish a soul, for its His-story that brings us life.

December, you are showing me that each gift, from complex PTSD to a new and joyful relationship, is a miracle – it's the gift of Life.

I want to thank you, my friends, here at TeamFamilyOnline.com for being with me!

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With all my love,


Susan Schiller knows how it feels to lose everything: marriage and family, church and reputation, finances and businesses, and more. Susan's upcoming, interactive memoir, "On the Way Home," tells the story of how she came to be known as "the most abused woman" her counselors had yet met and how she learned to navigate to freedom and fullness.  
Today Susan helps people write their life stories, unearthing the treasures of their past and sowing them into their future, creating new family legacies.

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liz December 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

So nice & love the photos!


Susan Schiller December 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Thank you, Liz – you are very kind 🙂


Bonnie Gean December 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Such lovely writing! I try to write poetry and while I can do articles, poems are not within my grasp!  You have such a beautiful way of expressing your feelings!

Thanks for sharing!



Susan Schiller December 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I’m not very good with poetry either, Bonnie, but I’m glad you found some enjoyment. Sometimes it’s good to experiment in media we are unfamiliar with – it “sparks” new connections and fires up our souls, I believe 🙂

Thanks so much!


marvia December 3, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Susan, this is so beautiful.  And I love the echo of grace ringing throughout.


Susan Schiller December 3, 2013 at 9:59 pm

The “echo of grace” – I’m opening my ears to hear that, Marvia…. what a lovely thought! Thank you for your rich grace in sharing here today. I’m sending extra love and hugs to you, in your time of solitude and silence 🙂


Carolyn Hughes December 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I always love your beautiful, heart-felt posts Susan. And this just reminds me of how fortunate I am to have a God that has surrounded me with such special people at this wonderful time of year. Thank you!


Susan Schiller December 3, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Your words dipped right into my soul, Carolyn, like a ladle of honey filled with sweetness 🙂  God bless you richly! Thank you <3


Jamie Wright Bagley December 1, 2013 at 9:52 am

Susan, I marvel at the loveliness and feel the deep ache. This is so beautiful and life-breathing. "Each time I tell a story, this tree will nourish a soul." You couldn't be more right. <3


Susan Schiller December 1, 2013 at 10:02 am

Your gracious words, Jamie, have touched me deeply – thank you 🙂


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