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Just Outside My Door 12/13/12

December 19, 2012
By ELAINE G. COLE - COLUMNIST ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

I think probably you are all busy this month getting ready for Christmas as I have been. I started decorating a week ago and finally finished. I really enjoy doing it, but, like most tasks nowadays, it takes me longer to accomplish one. Moreover, I miss not having anxious children helping me, but last week our daughter, Debbie, her daughter, Tonya, and girls, Britney and Alley, came up Tuesday night, put up and decorated our tree. The girls also did some additional decorating, and we had a great time.

Thursday evening we went with our kids, Todd and Kimberly Cole and Greg and Sherri Rater, to a Christmas Christian Orchestra Concert in Jamestown and enjoyed it very much. It was a great way to celebrate the Christmas season. Then last Sunday night we attended the Sherman Old Fashioned Christmas service at the fire hall and had another enjoyable time. This week the Sherman Central School concerts began, so we went to one Tuesday night. There's another one Thursday, Dec. 13 and the last one is on Monday, Dec. 17.

Although we are "seniors" now and don't have kids living with us, we have grand and great-grand youngsters participating in many activities. Thus we often go to ball games, which many of them participate in. Attending them keeps us busy too, but it's fun to follow them also go to many of their games. Some folks say that helps keep one young, but some nights I wonder. Nevertheless, it's a joy to watch all those youth working together as a team and provides entertainment for others. It's for sure the folk sitting on those bleachers, watching them play are proud of all those youth, their faithfulness to practices and hard work to do their best. We need to also thank their coaches and others who work with them day in and day out, whether they are teachers, administrators or all the others who work in various ways to make our schools a place where youngsters learn not only academics, but other important things that will be valuable in life.

As I think about the preparations and busyness of the Christmas season, I'm reminded of the real meaning of that day. It originally began as a special day to celebrate the birthday of Jesus, God's only Son, who came to earth as a baby to live and present the Gospel to all mankind. At the age of 33, he suffered and died on a cross to pay the price for the sins of all people and offered the free gift of Salvation to everyone. Those who repent of their sin and, through faith, accept Him as their personal Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will then have new hope and a new life as a child of God's family. He has promised to never leave or forsake those in His family and give them a new home in Heaven when they leave this earth.

I enjoy celebrating Christmas in many ways, and I am thankful and Praise God for His promise of a new home in Heaven some day where there will be no more pain, suffering, death, sorrow and life will be joyous living and serving my Savior Jesus Christ. I pray that you know Him too.



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