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Our great hope (11/06/2011)
From: David Foss

Galesville, Wis.

How would we respond toward our best friend who had helped us every day of the year? Would we respond with ingratitude or would we be thankful for all his kindly deeds? If we did not acknowledge anything he had done for us, we could understand why his heart would become saddened. We should rightly praise and honor such a person, yet our sustainer and real friend is being forgotten, is being replaced by an imaginary, unable to help Santa Claus.

Should our great hope be an unable to do nothing Santa Claus or an able to do everything best friend? Is our daily provider the nonexistent, legendary Santa Claus? Is a nonentity supplying us with our daily needs? If we were to ask St. Nicholas to help meet our need, would our imaginary friend be able to hear our plea and miraculously meet our need?

Have we really received gifts from ancient St. Nicholas? A figment of our imagination can never give a gift. A nonentity cannot give or promise us anything, not even an additional millisecond of life. However, our best friend has promised us eternal life. Do we know who he is? He is the one we should exalt and worship, not the nonexistent, ho-ho-hoing, potbellied Santa Claus. After all, only our best friend can promise us what some may deem impossible.

Is it a good thing that we no longer acknowledge the real reason for the season - the birth of you know who? Is it good that we adore Santa Claus rather than you know who? Is it good for us to fondly esteem and accept an imaginary, mindless, thoughtless St. Nicholas and reject the one who possesses divine nature? Is it good that ancient St. Nicholas has become the main focus of Christmas, rather than you know who? Are we foolish enough to accept Santaís temporal joy, while rejecting our best friendís everlasting joy?

How much longer before most of us will have forgotten who should be the most important person in our lives? Soon we may only witness the idolization of Santa Claus. An imaginary friend should never replace our best friend. Santa Claus, the Easter bunny and fairies cannot meet a need.

If we do not know the name of our omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient friend, whose name we have not mentioned, then, hopefully, we will grasp the gravity of the problem existing in America - forgetting our best friend. We need to revive our best friend in our hearts and minds. Why? Because Santa Claus is turning us away from the only one who can promise us fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore. We need to know, believe and accept the one who is our great hope. 


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