The Banks County News
December 24, 2003
The imagery of the Christ Child being born in a stable beneath a bright star surrounded by both learned Wise Men and humble shepherds is one of the most powerful pictures in human history. Humble by birth, He became a shepherd of men, a king of kings and the light of humankind.
Yet, for all His impact on this world, little is known about the man we call Jesus. Relative to others of his era, his known words are few. And virtually nothing is known of His childhood after the birth in Bethlehem.
Some of that may change. One archeologist in Israel believes he has found the site of an ancient wine press in Nazareth, the tiny village that was Jesus boyhood home. Excavations could yield further clues as to the nature of the village 2,000 years ago and perhaps shed some light on how the boy Jesus would have lived.
Many of Jesus parables revolve around the common things He observed, and it isnt too much to imagine that those well-known stories may have come from the things he saw as a child, say scholars who wish to study the area.
Perhaps it is by design that we know so little about His childhood. But what we know of His later life was destined to change the world.
One unknown writer said it best:
He was born in an obscure village. He worked in a carpenter shop until he was 30. He then became an itinerant preacher. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He didnt go to college. He had no credentials but himself. He was only 33 when the public turned against him.
His friends ran away. He was turned over to enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While he was dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing, the only property he had on earth.
He was laid in a borrowed grave.
Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of the human race.
All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned have not affected the life of man of this earth as much as that One Solitary Life.
The Banks County News
December 24, 2003
Toting 30 pounds around Nashville
Tote you, Gee Gee. I heard this message more times than I can remember over a four-day weekend in Nashville, Tenn. I of course, would oblige and pick up my 30-pound plus nephew. I carried him all over the Opryland Hotel, which is really huge, as well as across Opry Mills Mall and other attractions throughout Nash-ville.
When I got home Sunday afternoon, I asked his Mom how she manages to carry him around all the time. She doesnt. It appears 2-year-old Jake knows that Aunt Angie will do whatever he asks. I believe thats what aunts are forto spoil and Im doing my best to live up to the reputation. I just didnt realize it would involve sore arms.
In the talk with Amanda Sunday afternoon, I also found out that she doesnt let Jake eat sugar from the pack while waiting for a meal at a restaurant or let him stay up until 10 or 11 p.m. Who knew?
Being an aunt really is fun and Im enjoying it. My parents and I took Jake for a Christmas trip to Nashville and we had a wonderful time. Jake went into the hotel, which is festively decorated for the holidays, and started doing his excited dance. This involves kicking his feet out, jumping up and down and squealing. He kept this up pretty much all weekend.
His favorite part of the trip was seeing the Rockettes. I have seen their Christmas show before and they really do an amazing job. But this year, I have to admit, I watched Jake more than I did the show. He clapped and cheered, waved at the girls and jumped up and down in my lap throughout the hour-long show. At the end of each song, he would say Again, again. During the 15-minute intermission, he even cried for the girls to come back and dance. He would say open, open and motion for me to go down and open up the curtain. When I told him I didnt know how to open the curtain, he said, like this, and motioned with his hands.
Four days later, when his mom asked how the girls danced, Jake started doing the famous Rockette high kick. It really made an impression on him. From the dancing teddy bears to the marching toy soldiers, he was delighted, as the adults were as they watched him.
The trip also included a ride on the big boat, the General Jackson, and a few music shows. Jake was an angel and my sore arms are worth it. When hes a big boy and can carry me around, I plan on reminding him about the time I toted him all over Nashville. In the meantime, I will treasure all of the wonderful memories of our time together.
Angela Gary is editor of The Banks County News and associate editor of The Jackson Herald. She can be reached at AngieEditor@aol.com.