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The Carriage Driver³ – Christmas Passage

Updated on January 04, 2017
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The church was near empty at her memorial. Snow piled high at the door. A thick frost framed the glass windows. A white dove flew about, ready for the opening of doors to continue the journey. The weathered hands, of the preacher's wife, tapped on the organ keys to announce the flight of the soul of her friend. Candles flickered in anticipation.

People began to gather at the door; it was Christmas Eve, and they were there for their hope and peace, and good cheer. Snow fell in a light flurry. Long cloaks and warm clothing keep their bodies warm.

At the end of the service, the preacher walked slowly to the double doors and opened them wide. The light from the many candles and lanterns burst through the door. The white dove seeing her chance spread her wings wide and made her way in flight.

The gasps of the congregation were of joy, in the presence of a soul as she made her way into the night. They filed into the church. Each said a blessing as they were now made more aware that they had one more blessing to count. The mothers held a little tighter onto the hands of their children. The fathers gripped the shoulders of their wives with deeper understanding.

The weathered hands of the preacher’s wife played music that went straight to the heart of the congregation. The pastor closed the door as the last person entered. He began to walk up the aisle when he heard a tapping at the door. When he returned and opened the door, a small child was there. The child took a seat.

The white dove followed her instinct toward where Griffin and Nuelle were.

The preacher walked to the pedestal and opened his book. He seldom had to look at the words on the pages any longer. He thought his congregation would think less of him if he revealed he knew the stories. The message was part of him.

The white dove found Griffin in the barn with Nuelle. A fire was on the hearth where the Blacksmithing was done. The area was much warmer than the crisp air of her flight. She landed near the edge of the blanket that was draped over Nuelle to keep the chill off.

Griffin put down his cup of hot apple cider. “Hello, little one. Do you know what night it is? It’s Christmas Eve. Not many wish to join me for a ride on Christmas Eve.”

She hopped along Nuelle’s mane. Griffin returned to his cider. “You let me know when you are ready.” His thick jacket kept him warm on this night of nights.

In the quiet a chorus of voices reached him. The barn seemed to take on a glow, and the dove made herself quite at home as the music reached her.

Out of curiosity Griffin stood and retrieved his book. After peeking inside, he said, “I see there are two of you traveling tonight.” You will find we are in no hurry here. Those that arrive earned more than they ever thought possible.”

After several choruses, quiet again settled over the barn. Griffin rose and reached into his pocket. He cut an apple into four pieces. He fed two to Nuelle and offered a tiny piece to the dove who had made a special evening for the two in the barn. Griffin checked the blanket and saw to Nuelle’s every comfort.

He led them out into the snow and let the little dove guide Nuelle. They reached the church as the parishioners began to walk cautiously down the front steps. The organ music again began to accompany their movement.

The families got into their buggies and carriages in twos and threes. The jingle of their carriage bells, added to the air filled with music, on this Christmas Eve celebration.

The preacher walked back inside. As he walked back up the aisle, he noticed the lad that had arrived late for service. He was kneeling, and his head was bowed. The preacher reached over and put his hand on his shoulder. At that moment, a dove flew upward into the rafters of his little church.

The preacher lifted the child and placed his body on the well-polished church pew.

The preacher's wife came to see what had caused the delay. She wept for herself and her husband and the child. She made her way back to the organ where she played a song of freedom and the wonder of a child. The notes of the song filled the church and then escaped into the night. The notes carried to all those in their buggies and their carriages returning to their home. The people turned to look over their shoulders.

The snow fell about in small flurries. The dove perched in the church rafters spread his wings and glided through the door and landed on Nuelle’s shoulder next to the first dove. The two brushed wings and chirped.

Nuelle, given her rein, walked slowly off into the woods. The lanterns on each side of the Griffin’s seat provided light. Bells on the carriage for the occasion announced their presence in the woods. The two doves bounced about and chirped.

Deer looked up from their foraging as their carriage passed. The horizon ahead appeared warm and light. Nuelle traveled in the direction of peace on earth and good will toward men. The bell in the steeple rang.

The first dove flew down to the snow-covered ground near the step. Griffin stopped. The white dove turned into a young woman. Her cloak went to her ankles; the cloak’s hood pulled onto her head, provided warmth. Her cheeks were pink, highlighting her beauty. There was such an assurance in her stature.

The second dove flew to her arms. He took the form of the small boy again. He nestled in his mother’s arms safe for eternity.

Griffin witnessed the scene. This night he sensed more majesty than he was accustomed. The Lord seemed to arrange this Christmas passage. Griffin looked over Nuelle, then the carriage. Everything seemed in good order. He gave his coat a quick brush.

He climbed down and held out his hand to help the two into the carriage. He reached beneath the seat and retrieved the blanket. He spread the blanket over the young woman’s legs and tucked it around her child.

When he was sure, they were comfortable he climbed back to his seat. He looked over his shoulder, and asked, Where do you want to go?”

“We want to go to Bethlehem to be among the first to greet our King. Take us home.”

Wishing each and every one of you who stop by, a holiday filled with the presence of love and joy. Merry Christmas

Christmas Flower - Official Christmas Music Video - The Gothard Sisters

Greensleeves - What Child Is This - Official Christmas Music Video - The Gothard Sisters

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 8 weeks ago from North America

      Perfect. Thank you!

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      Maria Jordan 8 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

      A magical start to this Christmas weekend... love this - thank you, Mike.

      Merry, joy-filled and loving Christmas to you and family. Hugs, mar

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 8 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Tis the season for joy and you filled my heart with warmth and gladness. The magical doves and the preacher's wife made the story so visual. You write in such a fashion that each detail is seen and loved. Thank you. I feel like I've been to a midnight Mass. Thank you. Hugs to you and family.

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      mckbirdbks 8 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Patty - Merry Christmas - Thank you. Can't hope for better than perfect.

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      mckbirdbks 8 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello mar - Merry Christmas - thank you. I hope you and yours find much joy under the Christmas tree this season. Say hello to Andy and Zoey and of course Geoff. (hope I spelled that right)

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      mckbirdbks 8 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby - Merry Christmas - I hope you are surrounded with warmth and happiness as we finish off this year and head into a new and prosperous New Year. It will be filled with promise.

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      Becky Katz 8 weeks ago from Hereford, AZ

      Beautiful story this morning. Missing my best friend this Holiday season. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, full of family and friends.

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      mckbirdbks 8 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Merry Christmas Becky - All best wishes to you and yours. Thanks for the well wishes.

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      Peg Cole 8 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      This beautiful Christmas story lifted my heart at the same time tears flowed. I'll be listening to the music now.

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      Martie Coetser 8 weeks ago from South Africa

      This is an amazing twist of the mother-and-child legend. I actually cried, because my son is currently far away from me. Thank you, Mike. Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

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      mckbirdbks 8 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Peg. Thank you. I don't normally give much thought to a rewrite to any of my tall tales. This one though makes me think with just a few changes it could have had a strong impact when reading. Thanks for stopping by to read, this Carriage Driver story. I know after so many, they may be as tough to read as they are to write. Again, Merry Christmas.

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      mckbirdbks 8 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Martie. I wrote this very quickly. It was quite a surprise when the ending occurred to me. The Carriage driver 3 stories seem to have taken on new dimensions. (I am not sure they are better, but they certainly have gone a long way from the original concept.)

      Merry Christmas to you and yours. I hope to catch up on my reading of hubs very soon.

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      Venkatachari M 8 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      A beautiful story on this Christmas Eve. The videos are also very beautiful and entertaining to suit the occasion.

      Wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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      Shyron E Shenko 8 weeks ago

      What a beautiful story for this Christmas season, I love it, it is perfect .

      Christmas Blessings my friend.

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      Maria Jordan 8 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks, Mike - the same to you and yours and your spelling is indeed correct.

      Sending Becky an extra hug - I believe your best friend misses you as you all are missing him.

      Wishing all of our friends who stop by this beautiful series a happy and blessed Christmas.

      My new year's wish is for many more stories from your pen in 2017, dear Mike. Hugs to all, mar

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      mckbirdbks 8 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Shy - Merry Christmas. Thank you for all of your support this year. Oh, glad you liked the story.

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      mckbirdbks 8 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Venkatachari M - Thank you for the holiday well wishes. I appreciate the visit and nice comment.

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      mckbirdbks 8 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello mar - Merry Christmas - What a good idea - extra hugs on the way to Becky.

      Do your New Year's wishes usually come true? Maybe some fantastic inspiration will find me and I can write up a storm in 2017. Christmas hugs to you.

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      Peg Cole 8 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      Stopping by on Christmas Eve after a nice visit with the ladies. I love your choices of music to go with this touching and thought provoking story.

      I hope you and yours have a lovely evening and a bright and beautiful Christmas day filled with family, good food, joy and love. Hugs from Texas.

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      mckbirdbks 8 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Peg - A quiet Christmas Eve. My youngest daughter (adult) will be here for breakfast, then I loss her to her boyfriend's family for the rest of the day. Glad you got to see the ladies.

      Merry Christmas - I hope all the work you put into baking was appreciated. All the best Christmas wishes to you and your family also. And a prosperous New Year.

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      Maria Jordan 8 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Ho - ho - hoping Mike and your fan club have a peaceful and joyous Christmas day!

      Enjoy your time with your daughter, Mike. Peg, please give our ladies a big hug from me. Hugs to all, mar

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      mckbirdbks 8 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Merry Christmas mar - Hope you and that growing family has the best day ever. Hugs and good cheer as this day begins.

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      Becky Katz 8 weeks ago from Hereford, AZ

      Merry Christmas to all of you. Sitting here with my daughter having a quiet Christmas for once. My boys came by yesterday with their girlfriends and we each opened their gifts. My grandson had a ball this year with his new toys from me. A McQueen ride-on was a hit. So was the little tractor that played Farmer in the dell, with noisy animals in little trailers behind the tractor. Katy and I are cooking a ham and of course, deviled eggs. She can't live without the deviled eggs. Had to make double the amount at Thanksgiving so she would have some after her brothers got done with them.

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      mckbirdbks 8 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Merry Christmas Becky. It sounds like a wonderful time and great food. Sending all the warm wishes of the season your way. We are expecting our daughter here soon.

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      Bill Holland 8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Merry Christmas, my friend. Thank you for your friendship.

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      Shyron E Shenko 8 weeks ago

      To all who are following along with Mike's Carriage Driver, Have a blessed and Merry Christmas.

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      mckbirdbks 8 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Merry Christmas Bill.. Best wishes to you and yours.

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      mckbirdbks 8 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Merry Christmas Shyron. Thank you for your kindest and many blessings.

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      Genna East 7 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      " a song of freedom and the wonder of a child," and of "mother and child." These are among those things that make me feel the spirit of Christmas, each and every year, as we hold them close in our heart. Your story brought me there, again, with such beauty. Thank you, Mike, for this most precious gift.

      I hope everyone had a happy, peaceful Christmas.

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      mckbirdbks 7 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Genna. I had a good feeling while writing this particular story. It went together quickly, and I was pleased when the ending came into the light. I appreciate your kind comments. Happy New Year.

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      Shauna L Bowling 6 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Mike, this is a beautiful Christmas story. It gave me goosebumps at the end.

      I hope you had a joyous Christmas!

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      mckbirdbks 6 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Sha - Thanks for the Christmas wishes. This story flowed fairly easy once I began. The ending even surprised me when it arrived. Here we are at the forefront of a new year. Wishing you all the best.

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      Faith Reaper 5 weeks ago from southern USA

      Ah, Dear Mike, I love this Christmas story!

      Happy New Year and belated Merry Christmas. I'm off for the holiday today, and thought I would pop in her to read a bit and I see I've missed quite a bit!

      So happy to see you are continuing your Carriage Driver series.

      I hope to get back to writing here soon ...

      Peace and blessings always

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      mckbirdbks 5 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Theresa. Good to see you. Glad to know that you are going to free up some time and continue your writing, and spreading joy. Hope all your holidays went well and things are put away and settling down.

      I appreciate your visit and nice comment.

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