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‘Fear not’


Welcome, Christmas. Thank God you’re here again. Now, more than ever we need your unique healing power.

Chaos and confusion grip our bruised, divided and hurting world. Fear and hate continue to fuel violence, terrorism and war.

Pandemic greed and lust for money and power have devastated our economy, plunging more and more of us into destitution and disenfranchisement. Corruption, fraud and deceit spread like wildfire.

Perhaps it’s time to turn our outward gaze inward: perhaps we’ve had the answers within us all along, but have failed to see. Maybe we haven’t understood the complete message of the most famously celebrated event in history. Maybe we should look again at the Christmas story, this time using focused, spiritual interpretation, with childlike open-mindedness.

Jesus was born to a plain, simple family in a stable. The stable is symbolic of our current state of mind with our feelings of unworthiness. It symbolizes the Christ that is born into any one of us the very moment we put God first in our lives. That is when Christ is born, when we finally surrender tenderly and completely to the will of God -- and God alone.

In the tradition of the Advent, there are always a donkey, ox and lamb in the stable. These represent three aspects of our human nature. The donkey represents our stubborn minds; the ox stands for our physical bodies and desires and the lamb represents the spirit. The Christ is born and unites all three.

The shepherds were also simple, humble and very spiritual people, with a keen inner knowledge of God. They instinctively felt that something profoundly important was occurring.

An angel appeared to them, and at first they were afraid. So the angel said, “Fear not.”

This is one of the most important texts in the entire Bible, and a powerful two-word prayer for living fully and gloriously in each moment.

The shepherds got their inspiration, they accepted the message, and they went and found the Christ Child. The one and only thing that really matters in our lives from our birth to our death, is for us to find the Christ Child.

We must find Him for ourselves, in our own unique ways, and always in a stable.

We should let the Child grow up within us and turn our lives into a shining palace.

Christmas symbolizes the incarnation of God in man.

Jesus came to teach humility, compassion and pure, unconditional love of oneself and of one another. To Him, divine love was always absolutely supreme. No other human being has ever loved his fellow man as Jesus did.

The Christmas story did not end over 2000 years ago; it is still occuring today and God means it for all of us. Yes, Jesus taught that there must be a Christ Child born to every soul. When this comes to pass, all fear hatred and war can finally cease, and love, compassion, and peace on Earth can reign forever.

Kevin L. Clark

Capt. Sandy, R.I.P.


Regarding Robin Wright Gunn’s column on the death of Joe Cox, aka Captain Sandy:

What a wonderful tribute to a real Savannah legend. I sing ‘Yo, ho, ho...” to my friends at work all the time. They think I’m making it up!

I remember him best as Joe Cox, but a friend’s mom from the early ‘80s told me all about him and taught me the song, and briefed me on Calamity Clam.

I am so glad you wrote this — I think I may even print it out, as well as email it to my work friends.

Jeannie Weller Cooper

Clean your bins up


This is concerning the new recycling containers placed in front of our residences. Could you encourage friends, family and neighbors to kindly take the bins to the rear of the house as the distribution continues? It is an eyesore when they’re right there on the front of the porches.

Why don’t we distribute “I REcycle” buttons and/or window decals instead, if we want to proclaim our contribution.

The bins are not in and of itself bad things to be out front, but if it will continue to be there for years on end, we want the town looking beautiful, not an eyesore detracting from the art of it all.

Jaimie Leni-Marie Sharkey