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Though I write this before Christmas, by the time you read it, Christmas of 2012 will be past, church services and celebrations will be over, gifts will be opened — some broken and others exchanged or packed away — and the focus of the holiday season will be shifting toward the upcoming New Year’s celebrations and activities. Though Christmas celebrations pass quickly — sometimes even before our minds have accepted the fact that the season is upon us — the joy of the season doesn’t have to pass away or be packed away with the decorations, ornaments and gifts. The reason for the season — which is often missed and forgotten — takes us back to ancient Bethlehem and the fields surrounding that little but, at the time, bustling city. In that city, now over 2,000 years ago, God kept the promises He had been repeating to mankind for 4,000 years. The Seed of the woman who would crush the head of Satan (Gen. 3), the Seed of Abraham who would bring blessing to all the nations of the world (Gen. 22), the Son of David an

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Opinion, Pages 6 on 12/26/2012

Print Headline: GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Christmas can bring unending joy

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