New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 25, 2005, Page 4

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

December 25, 2005

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEITUNG December 2005 HeraldZeitung Serving New Hniwifels ami Cnmal County since New Braunfeis Zeitung was founded 1852 New Braunfels Herald was founded The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until Managing Editor Editor and Publisher Circulation Director Advertising Director Jeremy Pattenl FOWMv NWOw BMI Business Manager News Editor David RupHaMs OUR OPINION Merry Christmas from the HeraldZeitung As its often been said and if it wasnt why would it be repeated so much but this is truly the most wonderful time of the Its a time of joy and fellowship and kindness and Its easy to get caught up in the hustle and bus tle of gift decorating and numerous holiday but we all should take the time to remember some important aspects of mis Remember your loved ones and neighbors who have lost loved ones in the past This can be a depressing time of year for those who lost someone dear to their hearts as they face the prospect of being without them on Check up on Let them know theyre loved and mat they dont have to go through the holi days Remember the families of soldiers who are sta tioned overseas or in the middle of a war Let those keeping the home fires burning know you appreciate their strength and which can be equal to that of those fighting on the front lines in the war on Remember that Christmas wasnt built upon the premise of being a time of year to purchase gifts for It is a holiday to remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus and the gifts are symbols of the gifts the Three Wise Men brought to Joseph and Mary upon Jesus Remember that the greatest gift of all will always be It was years ago as it is Love never goes out of TODAY IN HISTORY By The Associated Press Today is the 359th day of There are six days left in the This is Christmas The Jewish Festival of begins at Todays Highlight in His tory On Silent Night was per formed for the first at the Church of Nikolaus in On this date In the first recorded celebration of Christmas on 25 took place in In George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at In Hirohito became emperor of succeed ing his Emperor Hirohito was formally enthroned almost two years GUESTCOLUMN Play a role in Gods great epic before the curtain falls Perhaps I was a poor or maybe oppor tunities were but unlike others I was in only one Christmas pageant growing At the ripe old age of was cast as a shepherd with no As important as the role of the shepherds were in the chain of historical I was not thrilled to be cast in what I consid ered to be only a support ing When the role of Joseph opened up for reasons I cannot now I was elated to take on the challenge of a character with higher My one fictional line to the innkeeper was predictably in more important and relevant There may be no other event or holiday that encourages budding thespians like Even Easter pageants often include aspects of TMJUDKINS The Timjudkins is the teaching minister at First Protestant Church in New Advent to give the full scope of Jesus From nativity scenes to fullfledged theatrical presen the stoiy of Christmas allows for many people to get into the The question that lingers in my mind today is whether I still have a part to play in the ongoing drama of The believe it or is that the story of Christmas was written with me and you in If we fail to take our place in the the story will fail to reach its authors designed The Christmas story is a living epic in which humanity is both the audience and the While God is the star and Jesus is the central it is people for whom the story was written and by whom it is ultimately played God came to people so that people could come to Jesus took center stage so that audience members could move out of the seats and into the too few people seem to understand their part in the By failing to become part of the they miss out on the very rea son the script was Limiting Christmas to annual celebrations of one pageant after another year after year misses the point of the For Christs the drama of Gods incarnation does not end Each day of our life becomes another act in the The director calls the shots and blocks the stage of our The thrill of being in Gods per formance can neither be described nor com pletely recognized until it is properly Watching Christmas from the cheap seats is a regrettable choice for both the audience and the LETTERS POLICY Letters must be 250 words or HeraldZeitung reserves the right to edit all Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be Mail letters to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311329 New TX 781311328 Fax them to 830 6063413 email them to UnltMl Government PRESIDENT BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania NW 20500 KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 20610 Telephone 202 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CASTEEL 254 Mill New Braunfels 78130 Telephone 830 6270215 Email addreaa JEFF WENTWORTH 1250 NE Loop Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone 210 8267800 WHILE IN AUSTIN Telephone 512 4630125 Email addreaa Jeff JUDITH ZAFFIRINI Box 627 Laredo 780420627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE 12702Toepperwein Road San Antonio 78233 Telephone 210 6570095 Fax 210 6570262 As the fabric of our community how will we adapt DOUGTONIY Doug Toney is editor and publisher of the As we wrap up the events of the past 12 months seem over even in a slowmotion The only constant seems to be The landscapes of our cities and county change so rapidly that each car trip is punctuated with Is that new Was that there the last time we were here The benchmarks we use to measure whether we live in a small town are under In New the Lan da Pharmacys coffee shop is no The Hill Country Inn and restaurant also joined the past among many other longtime fixtures of the Have you noticed how many strangers seem to be at the grocery store I dont mean just people you dont I mean people you dont even recognize or remember seeing In a town versus a there is a community of people you know but dont really You see them at the at school functions or even at church and at community Your paths have crossed enough times that you recognize each other and maybe even smile and nod to acknowledge that you understand that you all share the same these people who we dont know but recognize do much to define our outer ring of per sonal community and personal terri in an unspoken and nearly unrecognized how fre quently we see these people and how many of these familiar people we see compared to the number of strangers we encounter during our day are really what draw the line around our sense of Years when on a street near my cousins house in I drove up to a stoplight and in the car next to me was my cousins I She was When we got to her she jumped out of the car and this lifelong Houston resident yelled Wow Thats the first time Ive ever been at a stoplight and looked up to see family waving from another car I often think about the moment when I see someone I know waiting at the same stoplight or stop crossing a street or working in their Whether it be in New Braunfels or Sattler or any where else in the we see people every day we But our beautiful part of the Hill Country is changing The old rules of governing and the old rules of how to get things done in our schools and county are being How we all get along with each other must change As we each wrestle with what these changes individually and to our our communitys civic and social organizations must figure out what it means to their missions and to whom they In our community leaders face the task of ensuring that the organiza tions they lead quickly adapt and change profoundly enough to remain relevant and From county and city governments to schools to the most impor tant thing to watch this next year will be whether the leaders of these organi zations can keep Will our leaders have the political and personal courage to recognize they might need to change and certainly must change their organizations if they expect to meet the new needs of a changing community Will they hunker down in a siege mentality and fight the changes in what and who we are or will they learn to seek out a more inclusive way to lead so their organizations can remain effective in this very different place we still call home Time will and 2006 will be a very important year of inevitable transition for all of us who are blessed to live 4 r ;

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