What Is the "Merry Christmas From Heaven" Poem?

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"Merry Christmas from Heaven" is a poem written by John W. Moody, Jr. that was intended to help his family adjust to the death of his mother, Rita Mooney. Christmas Eve was John's parents' wedding anniversary, which the family celebrated at that time.

Moody had trouble handling the death of his mother, but he knew it was important to support the family during the holidays. Moody says the words for the poem came to him after praying for guidance in understanding what his mother would say about moving forward after the loss. The poem captured the minds and hearts of many people, prompting the Moodys to make it available to the public.