12 Pearls of Christmas: He is Always Enough

Christmas in a Barn
by Mary DeMuth

The Christmas of 2006 we were homeless. We didn’t have keys. Not to a car, not to a home. We’d flown halfway around the world, leaving behind a ministry we toiled over. Much, particularly in our hearts, lay in ruins.

Some friends had a camp, and on that camp stood a barn. In the corner of the barn was a tiny apartment, flanked by this caboose and hundreds of acres of Texas pasture. We’d never been there before, so we followed directions at night, making plenty of wrong turns.

When we found the place, we drove a borrowed car over the cattle guard toward what would be our home for a month. String lights illuminated a small porch, a window and a door in the corner of an aluminum-sided barn. We hefted large pieces of luggage to the apartment.

And when we opened the door, Love welcomed us.

The place, usually completely unfurnished in the winter, was decked out with just the right amount of beds, couches and tables. The pantry was full. We had dishes and garbage cans, and cups and forks and food. But even more, we had a Christmas tree. Friends had hijacked the place, decorating it for Christmas. Cookies preened on the table.

I will never, ever forget that Christmas. We had so little. We felt the painful burden of failure. But we were loved, so terribly and wonderfully loved.

Christmas felt right there, in a barn. We heard the nickering of horses, the meowing of kittens, the clop of hooves against the barn floor. Chickens and goats and cows served as a holy object lesson of the incarnation. Although we were warm and clothed, we understood more keenly the Savior’s homelessness, how He left the splendor of heaven for the sodden earth. We experienced barnyard life alongside him, without much to call our own except our Heavenly Father and our sweet family.

He was enough, that Christmas. And He will always will be.


Mary DeMuth writes fiction and nonfiction. Her latest book, A Slow Burn released in October and she has a memoir entitled Thin Places coming out in February of 2010. You can meet her: http://www.marydemuth.com, http://www.thewritingspa.com, on Facebook and Twitter!

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  1. What a wonderful surprise to come into a strange place and have it made into a home for you. And at Christmas! Very good friends.
    I like the statement…He was enough. And always will be.
    It touched my heart.

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  3. Such a marvelous Christmas suprise.


  4. Shaunie Friday @ Up the Sunbeam says:

    What a beautiful story! A very touching moment for you that now reaches far beyond the walls of your barn apartment. I love how God multiplies good gifts!!

  5. ProjectHope7 says:

    Mary, how beautiful..sometimes We forget that one person, just one perosn, led by the Lrod can change the lives of many, just by showing kindness! Your testimony showed gentleness, encouragement, compassion, love, joy, hope. thank you.

    cathy b
    projecthope7 at gmail dot com

  6. Tanya T. Warrington says:

    Thank you, Mary. Your story story is beautiful. Whenever we find ourselves broken in spirit and struggling with feelings of failure–God is there. His presence is enough. His grace is enough.

    How beautifully your story also reminds me that God urges ordinary people to do loving things for others.

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