Just a Strand of Broken Christmas Lights

Every Christmas, we decorate the banisters of my little loft office with multi-colored lights. I like to think it makes me more creative. 🙂 Saturday, I plugged in the lights we always use. Only half of them worked. “Let’s just toss these and buy new ones.”

“I’ll fix them,” my husband said.

“We don’t have enough replacement bulbs.”

“I only need one.”

“How’s one bulb going to fix all these broken lights?”

Rick stretched out in the floor and removed the last working bulb. A blue one. Middle of the strand.

“This one works,” he said, “so when I find the broken bulb, they’ll all work.”

“Are you sure?”

He moved so quickly, I couldn’t figure out his magic trick.

“Isn’t that a lot of trouble?”

He didn’t answer me.

“Wouldn’t it be easier to run to Home Depot?”

He kept working.

I didn’t see any way his plan could possibly work.

One single bulb fix a strand of broken Christmas lights.

All of a sudden–ta-dah— they lit up. Every single one.

After he wrapped lights around the banisters, I sat downstairs in the den looking at my new office.

My transformed world.

 Maybe there’s a Christmas message buried in the strand of broken lights.

Lights I wanted to throw away.

Useless lights.


What is it, Lord?

My Son was the One and only Light Who could save a broken world.

I sat there, still and quiet, thanking Him in my heart.

This is what Christmas is all about.

“…I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 18:12 NIV 

Have you had a sparkly Christmas moment lately? Tell me about it.






  1. Patricia Martin says:

    What a beautiful way to start the Christmas season! I am so glad that Jesus came came into our world so that we would not “walk in darkness, but have the light of life!” My sparkly Christmas moment was when my Mom helped me start my “Santa shopping” for my little sister.(; Happy Holidays and let the celebration of light begin!
    Patricia Martin

    • Hey Patricia! Ohhhh, I love that image–your mother helping you shop your for little sister! That’s something you’ll always remember. Thanks for sharing!

  2. One Light to save them all…

    Beautiful message, Julie ~ Thanks!

  3. SMILE

  4. Georgia says:

    Julie: What a lovely story. You have the most patient husband in the entire world. I love your loft… what a nice place to be able to go and write. The Christmas lights make it look even more inviting and cozy. Have a merry and blessed Christmas!!

    • Georgia, looking back, I’m wondering if he felt like strangling me with those Christmas lights! 🙂 I just couldn’t believe he could possibly fix them with one bulb.


  5. donna says:

    Merry Chistmas, dear Julie. Hugs.

  6. donna says:


  7. Rick is a wonder-man. A true keeper. A hard worker. And he loves you so much he spends time making your lights shine. In more ways than one!
    Hugs and love!

    • B.J. Yes, he is a very hard worker. And here’s the thing–he was watching football when I started decorating. He walked upstairs with the game on……wow….the things that mean love. Not always what we women expect. Fixing a broken strand of Christmas lights.

  8. Kim says:

    This past weekend, I was feeling overwhelmed and not at all “ready” for Christmas.

    1. We were coming home a day late due to a family medical situation. (Things stable at present.) Decorating and cards would be delayed. Next weekend is full with one last soccer tournament.
    2. In past years, my sister and I have typically done 2 shopping trips before Thanksgiving. This year, zero. She can not seem to get off work and I have done very little as I do not like to shop.

    But, driving up I-75, around the Macon bypass, 104.7 The Fish came in. :o) Nothing like Christian Christmas music to put me in the Christmas spirit. What a gift!

    • KIM!!!!!!! I love the Fish!!! I listen daily. Did you call them and tell them what happened???? And the thing is, just listening to music can change our entire outlook, can’t it!

      Thank you!!!!! Wonderful story. And I bet you get everything done in time. 🙂

  9. Brenda Greene says:

    Oh Julie…I love your message…one bright light for the world and our hearts! Best gift ever!

    I also love the lights on your loft….you inspired me, I am going to do the same thing here on mine. Having brought all the green plants in off the front porch for their winter in my loft, I have LOTS of greenery to embellish the multicolors! Thanks!

    At this age I have lots of sparkly Christmas moments but the one that came to mind first, happened 17 years ago. Hubby had worked seven 10-hr days in a row, was exhausted but went with me to a local church for their “Singing Christmas Tree” presentation – I had never seen it and he knew how much I wanted to witness it. Last presentation on Sunday was elbow-room only, very elaborate, LOTS of banners, glitter, music, and VOLUME! When it was finally over, we walked out into the cold winter night, a light sleet was beginning to fall, and the quiet was deafening and beautiful. I commented to Hubby that even tho Jesus was certainly worthy of all that “fanfare” we had just witnessed, I was SO thankful that God chose to send His Son to a humble beginning in a barn on what I suspected was a quiet and silent night, much like we were in the midst of at that moment. However, the “icing” on this “sparkly” memory occurred the following Thursday night, December 19, when our first grandchild was born (five weeks early). The “caroling” trio that helped calm our anxious nerves outside the waiting room was the same one that had sung on Sunday night! Still brings tears…as our first-born grandson turns 17 in a couple of weeks!

    Ahhh…Sweet Julie, I love how your blogs brings out such sweet memories in my heart/mind. May the moments in your “writing loft” continue to bless each of us! Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year Dear One. Brenda XO

    P.S. Have to agree your Rick is certainly a good man. Reminded me of something I read recently about marriages that last a long time: “We grew up in a time when something broke you fixed it, you didn’t throw it away.” You are blessed.

    • Oh, Brenda. I’m tearing up. Do you know you’re a writer? Your writing is full of heart. You have a memory for details. Deep, my friend. Very deep. He went with you and the two of you worshipped together.

      And you know what else? I have a feeling it’s going to be the “little” things that we’ll remember most.

      No. Rick can fix anything. And does. Even put a water pump in the washing machine a few weeks ago.

      Please send me a picture after you decorate! I’d love to see it!!!!

      Thank you again–your words touched that sweet spot in my heart.

      All my love.

      • Brenda Greene says:

        Awww thanks Julie Girl…never considered myself to be a writer, just a “reader” of SO many great writers’ (especially your mama!) that it feels to me like I’m just “copying” them! 😉 But who knows…reckon God’s nudging me…..? Thank you for your sweet words.

        I will share a pic, if I can figure out how to post it on here. However, it will be a day or two, gotta pick up more lights; putting lights and garland on front porch this afternoon, a strand had “died”, so had to use my “loft” ones to finish that project.

        Much love!

        • He could be nudging you, Brenda. Your heart shines through your words.

          Can you send the picture to my email address? Julie at juliegarmon dot com?

  10. I would have to say my favorite Christmas moment is a Christmas Eve many years ago, when after our yearly family gathering at my aunt and uncle’s house, we stepped outside to go home and a gentle snow was falling. It was so peaceful and quiet outside. The song Silent Night came to mind, as we had sung it earlier at our Christmas Eve service. I got such a feeling of complete peacefulness as if God had wrapped His arms around me on this Holy night. It is something I will never forget.

    I love your lights! I do the same thing around our house as I find places to light up with strings of lights for Christmas.

    • Eileen, that complete peacefulness you felt…surely that’s what Heaven will be like. And from time to time, we get a taste. xoxoxo

      I’ll watch your blog to see your house lit up!

  11. Love!

  12. Julie: Such a great thought. We all do come to Him, the Light, a broken tangled mess. We’ve had a “mess” at our house this week but with His divine intervention I was protected from harm. I posted about it this morning. Thank you for sharing this. I am going to share your post with a friend that I think might just need it this morning. 🙂 http://fifisfilosophies.blogspot.com/

    • Ohhh, Felicia, thank you for letting me know. Am sending up a prayer of Thanksgiving right now that you were protected…now going to your blog.


  13. I don’t tend to think in sparkly. And there have been so many moments around the table, around the fire, laughing as a family. Friends for dinner, laughing at stories, going deep, staying light. Just enjoying being with people we love. No one moment really stands out, I’m afraid.

    I love and hate, though, that we’re stepping into a new phase of life, and that I haven’t recorded the moments. All three of my children still live at home, but the youngest just started his first job. All three are gone most of the time, now. It’s quiet in this house. I love the quiet, but I miss them.

    • Flea, to me–just sitting around the fire laughing, is sparkly. Nothing more sparkly!

      I so can relate to the quiet house. I feel the same way. And when they were little, we had no idea, did we–that they’d actually grow up and move away. Sigh…..

  14. That touched my heart, Julie. Thank you!

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