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CHRISTmas is alive in Calhoun County.

The Christmas carol, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” contains these lines near the beginning:

        “‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said,

        ‘For hate is strong and mocks the song

        Of peace on earth, good will to men’.”

Last week in Calhoun, examples of love and caring that can warm the heart when you know about them were visible.

Saturday, Nov. 28, the decorating of windows started in the county seat of Grantsville. Business owners were in friendly competition for the awards or “just because we want to do it.” Business neighbors were helping their less creative neighbors, young people were working with adults, laughing and joking, and having a pizza picnic at their parking place. Skateboards were visible, but their owners were courteous, newcomers were working beside longtime crafters, and history enthusiasts were rounding up artifacts of Christmases past.

The three flags were dedicated at the town triangle by armed services’ veterans. When a comment was made about the cold weather, one of the veterans said, “We will do anything possible to have another red, white and blue flying in our land.”

The flag poles were constructed by Calvin Nicholas, with materials donated by Creston Oil Corp., and flags were donated by Anne Barth, Paul Mollohan, and Grantsville town council. Christmas street lights were displayed for the first time. This took months of planning and compromise between two groups. The project was supported by donations of businesses and individuals.

On Friday, Christmas caroling took place just about dusk and that was followed by a parade, which was organized by the Lions Club. Children’s groups made up most of the parade participants. Spectators strolled the streets, visited businesses, and warmed up with hot drinks and sweets that were furnished as a Christmas treat.

Sunday afternoon was a time of dedication and fellowship as the choirs from two local churches gathered for practice of a Christmas Cantata to be presented on Dec. 21.

Yes, Calhoun County was a friendly cooperative town. The same carol mentioned at the beginning ends with the following verse:

“Then pealed the bells more loud and deep

‘God is not dead, nor doth He sleep,

the wrong shall fail, the right prevail

with peace on earth, good will to men’.”

Let this peace begin with each of us and continue through the New Year. We hope your Christmas plans are blessed with peacemaking opportunities.

 

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77 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR OUR NEW PRESIDENT

Day Thirty-Four; December 8, 2008.

43 days left until inauguration day.

For God’s choice to be discerned in the selection of Secretary of Agriculture, that our nation’s farms and food supply may be well cared for.

Our barns will be filled with every kind of provision. Our sheep will increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields. --Psalm 144:13.

Awesome God, all things are Yours, and Your mercy and goodness characterize the works of Your hands. With You, Lord, there is no lack. There is plenty, and there is full provision.

Knowing this, Heavenly Father, we now ask You to bring into position Your chosen person for the Secretary of Agriculture. Our nation is a bountiful one; we need the best management of our farms and food supply. Give President-Elect Barack Obama insight as he chooses the one to serve in this vital position. We thank You, O’ God, for You care about every government official and desire what’s best for our nation. We give You glory for that, and praise You as we pray in the name of Christ, amen.

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