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Christmas story reminds us to trust God

Judy Brandon: Local Columnist

An example from my childhood offers a good perspective for this Christmas season. Our family moved to Clovis in 1956. During those early years, I would ride home with my Daddy at night after church. Memories of my childhood days and Sunday nights of long ago in the old church on Hinkle are still vivid in my mind. Daddy’s duties involved more than just preaching and visiting the congregation. Sometimes there was extra duty like locking up the church.

On many Sunday nights I would stay with my preacher father until everyone had left church. But one Sunday was unlike other Sunday evenings. On this particular Sunday, the custodian was out of town so daddy was in charge of locking the church. On that night, Daddy had to turn all the lights off on that bottom floor of the old church on Hinkle. So on that night, Daddy instructed me to wait in his office until he went through the sanctuary and into the kitchen area to turn the last of the lights off. But of course I had my own ideas. I decided to wander down the hall to meet him as he came up from the kitchen.

I started down the lighted hall. Yet, since the light switches that controlled the hall area were down where Daddy was, I suddenly found myself standing in the dark in a long hall. Daddy had turned the lights off somewhere far down that hall and it had left me in the dark! I was all alone, in the dark and the silence of those old halls really gave me an eerie feeling.

Then I heard sounds of footsteps. That really scared me. I saw long and scary shadows. I was so afraid that I could not move. I just knew that someone scary was hiding out in the old church halls at night.

But then help came. It was my Daddy! In the dark I knew him immediately because of his walk. I ran toward him and grabbing him tightly I told him I was afraid. He took hold of my hand. His firm and loving hand held mine as we walked toward the outside door. All the way I was completely at ease and unafraid because I had total confidence, and trust in the one holding my hand.

What message does that have for us at Christmas?

That night long ago in Bethlehem, Jesus came. He is a solid rock for all humanity. “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation.” (2 Samuel 22:2)

He is a friend that is even closer than family. “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18: 24)

He is the light of the world! “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Jesus is the light that lights to the dark corridors of our lives!

I trusted my father because he loved me. Remember during this Christmas season that Jesus loved us so much that He was willing to come to earth, live among us and then gave His life for us. I think that is enough to trust Him.

Judy Brandon is an instructor at Clovis Community College. Contact her at:

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