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12/4/2013 7:47:00 AM
COLUMN: Happy Birthday, Jesus
Bob Weete
Bob Weete

Bob Weete
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I remember when I was just a kid in my crib, one Christmas Eve, looking out my window, and I could "see" Santa Claus in his sleigh, sailing over the mountain in back of my house. I was a believer! Very exciting.

My parents were not church-goers, so my Christmases were largely without much mention of the baby Jesus. As I grew older, of course I was generally "familiar" with the notion, but I can't really say what I thought or felt about it. Santa Claus, presents, and "being good" were the main focuses I remember.

My first real connection, I guess, was when I was in high school; I played the organ at the old historic Episcopal Church in Globe, Arizona. Even then, I was the only one in my family who attended. What a sad thing, really. Parents, I think, owe it to their kids to help them experience a wide variety of healthy things so they have a solid basis on which to become the people they were meant to be.

The same thing went with the Easter Bunny. Now that was a bit harder for me to swallow, honestly; yet, I felt I was supposed to believe and respect my parents, so I went along with it. The presents were nice to get, I loved hunting Easter eggs, but I had no real clue about the reality.

Even while I was playing the organ at the church, I just somehow "knew" what was going on, yet, what I "knew" was just mentally, and it was not truly a part of me. I think I knew about Jesus and some of the stories and they were "neat" - the expression for "cool" back then. I do, remember, though, a beautiful story about "The Littlest Angel", a story read by Loretta Young. I nearly wore that record out.

It was the story of a little boy who had died and gone to heaven. He didn't seem to "fit" with the other angels. His halo was dirty, and slipped off, and his wings were not standard, he sang off key, and he was a sad little angel. In the end, however, as all Christmas stories do, he found his place in heaven. Beautiful story.

So, I went along in my life, with no real spiritual background. Then, in college, I was introduced to Al-Anon, a relatively new group at the time, for relatives and friends of alcoholics. Both of my parents were alcoholics, and the dean at ASU somehow found I was having trouble with the situation; he called me into his office and introduced me to Al-Anon.

Prayer and God were foremost in the program, so I stepped a bit closer to taking in the whole concept, and how it could help me with the effects of alcoholism on my life.

Then, I graduated from college, and began my career as a teacher. I was not around my family as much, then, and mistakenly thought I was "free" of the disease and I wandered, I guess you could say.

My life, generally, had gone fairly well, I suppose, with some lingering depression from my experiences. Anyway, to make a long story short, I married and, became involved with a church. Like most men, my wife conned me. But that was okay.

I began to catch on to the advantages of knowing Jesus but it still didn't click. Now, due to a number of experiences, I believe I have finally made it. Not perfect, by a long shot, but I realize what I have heard is true, and like many others before me, I wish I had known these things much earlier in my life, as my life would undoubtedly have been better in many ways.

As we now begin the count-down to the celebration of the birth of Jesus, I, like so many others, pray that parents out there will re-think what they want for their children. All parents, in their way, want the best for their children. That is a given. Toys break; other "things" wear out, or go out of style. This gift is the only one that comes with a lifetime guarantee.  

Make sure that your children start their lives with the love of Christ. Get them to Sunday school; go to church with them, so you can share the importance of this life experience.

They truly need to know that Jesus is the reason for the season. Santa Claus and all that stuff can teach them many valuable lessons too, but the real significance of Christmas is absolutely vital for your children's future. Yes, you "made it" through life without Jesus, but wouldn't you like your children to have it better than you did?

This Christmas, give your family the gift that keeps on giving. They are never too young or too old, but the sooner the better. Happy Birthday, Jesus!




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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2013
Article comment by: @ Mr. Weete

BRAVO!!!!!!
Sincerely,
Richard Teskey


Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2013
Article comment by: Peace Be Still

CHRISTMAS........ CHRIST..... MAS.....MAS ....CHRIST Mas.. English translation for mas? more...I would say yes.....it's all about Christ. Blessings to All!!!!!

Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Article comment by: buster Webb

I agree too, Christmas is about Jesus.

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: just me

I agree ....The only valuable gift is knowing our Lord Jesus....


Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: Ralph Magutsout

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