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      Anyone of you who really know me will know that Garth Brooks is one of my favorites. His new album, Sevens, contains a Christmas song, that was written about a battle during World War II. The words carry so much meaning. To my christian and nonchristian friends (whom I do not mean to offend) on here, I offer these words:

      “Belleau Wood”
      Written by Joe Henry and Garth Brooks

      Oh the snowfakes fell in scilence
      Over Belleau Wood that night
      For a Christmas truce had been declared
      By both sides of the fight
      As we lay there in our trenches
      The silence broke in two
      By a German soldier singing
      A song that we all knew
      Though I did not know the language
      The song was “Silent Night”

      Then I heard my buddy whisper,
      All is calm, and all is bright”
      Then the fear and doubt surrounded me
      ‘Cause I’d die if I was wrong
      But I stood up in my trench
      And I began to sing along

      Then across the frozen battlefield
      Another’s voice joined in
      Until one by one each man became
      A singer of the hymn
      Then I thought that I was dreaming
      For right there in my sight
      Stood the German soldier
      ‘Neath the falling flakes of white

      And raised his hand and smiled at me
      As if he seemed to say
      Here’s hoping we both live
      To see us find a better way

      Then the devil’s clock struck midnight
      And the skies lit up again
      And the battlefield where heaven stood
      Was blown to hell again

      But for just one fleeting moment
      The answer seemed so clear
      Heaven’s not beyond the clouds
      It’s just beyond the fear
      No Heaven’s not beyond the clouds
      It’s for us to find it here

      I think that even though these lyrics were written about something that supposedly happened 55 years or so ago, we could apply them to our everyday life. If we could just realize that like the song says, “Heaven’s not beyond the clouds, it’s just beyond the fear” then just maybe we could make it through another day.

      I wish all my friends here of all faiths a happy holiday, no matter which one you celebrate.

      To Shannon–I prayed for your swift recovery.

      To Ron: I pray that you also find swift recovery.

      To Miriam: I pray for you that you find peace in your heart and your mind.

      To Jake and Jan: Well, you know how I feel about you guys!

      To Sue Rose: Love ya Shishter!

      To Dianne N.: You’re the greatest!

      To anyone I left out, I love you all and will pray every day that we find a cure for this thing which has taken over our lives. I guess my sister said it best when she told me: I have MS, it DOESN’T

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