Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuesday, December 24 1974 KWCMMUMCMCVjl Xrnas Tree Oh Xmas tree with bough bedecked And shimmering star aglow Outside mine eye doth see a haze Of softly falling snow The candles flicker lazily When instantly I see The face of infant Jesus Gazing back at me VIVIAN GELLENY Reuben recalls angels and an infant By HATTIE CHESTER I R The Rosary Each little bead that glitters An "Ave" do I say May God bless each and everyone This blessed Xmas day -VIVIAN GELLENY Everybody s preparing for the big Day Hope it's merry in every way Our thanks From the MANAGEMENT and STAFF of STYLE-RITE BEAUTY SHOP 1514-9 Ave. South Phone 327-5000 Old Reuben sat drowsing in the winter sunshine on a hill in Judaea In the valley below the white houses of Bethlehem glowed in the brilliance Reuben wasn't thinking of the sunshine He was remember- ing a strange night in his youth that sometimes now seemed to have been a dream No, it hadn't been a dream he knew, the events of that night had been too great an influence on his life He had been only a poor young shepherd then, working for old Isaac, his grandfather, but from then on the flock had prospered remarkably The ewes had produced twin lambs every spring, sometimes triplets, and the wild beasts that normally preyed on the flock came up ravening, halted, then turned away from the helpless vic- tim All the shepherds gazed in awe to see this happen, but old Isaac said, "It is because of the lamb we gave to the Babe Isaac had promised to his grandson, Reuben, one lamb of every three in each year's crop for attending the flock, and Reuben s flock soon grew so numerous that he had to build a fold of his own and hire a shepherd lad to help him care for them The innkeeper, that Reuben's lambs were the sweetest fleshed of all he bought Then Reuben remembered his meeting with the lovely Zora as he drove his flock to the well She drew up the water for his flock He recall- ed their courtship, and the home he brought her to here on the hill, the steps of which he sat upon now as he dreamed Zora had been long gone, but their daughter Lora lived here with her husband Sol, and their son, Matthew, 10 As if conjured by his grand- father's thought, Matthew came out of the door, eating a piece of bread and honey and sat beside old Reuben "Tell me a story, he begged "I know you are thinking about one the old man said "I was thinking of the strangest night in my life Best story "Oh, do tell that one grand father It s the one I like best of all your stones'" 'I was a lad of about 14 when I came to the hillsides here to help grandfather Isaac watch his flock Bethlehem, where my father and mother lived, was bustling with un- usual crowds of people that month The Romans had issued an order that all citizens of Judaea must go to We hope you experience all the joy and warmth that goes with this Christmas season Our gratitude for your friendship and trust Herman, Alfons and Roger Herman's Auto Service Phone 328-1269 2019 2nd Ave. S. fills (he air at Christmas time. JIaj jour fondest dreams come true. MR STEVEGRBAVEC, Manager LETHBRIDGE LIMB and BRACE CO. 1205 -3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-8411 Joy During this holy holiday, we'd like to wish all our friends a simple, lovely Christmas, filled with warmth and happiness. Our sincere thanks to all From MANAGEMENT and STAFF (MCDONALD'S CONSOLIDATED 2825 2nd Ave. S. Phone 327-4266 the place of their birth to be registered for a count of all citizens The people of Bethlehem ceerr.cd to have wandered all over Judaea and there were many to return Everyone who had any space was required to make room for strangers I was sent out to help grandfather Isaac so that strangers could have a place to sleep "It was cold that night, my first out on the hills, and the men had built a large fire The firelight helped to keep away the bears and lions, too The men sitting around the fire talked about the people in the village and how all the houses were crowded with relatives or strangers They talked, too, about the strange bright star that had appeared in the heavens a few nights before, and now appeared to stand right over the village They were frightened, fearing it meant there would be an earthquake or flood 'The talk around the fire went late I wrapped my blanket around me and lay on the ground The fire was dying down, but the ground was warm I was getting drowsy when suddenly it appeared as light as day I thought the men had put fresh fuel on the fire, but I heard their exclamations of fear and sat up to see what was going on A blaze "It looked as if the whole sky was ablaze with a white light and far up there were some marvellous beings that seemed to have white wings, flying about and singing sweet music The men had bowed and covered their faces and the heavenly lower out in rtKlodious tones Pear not, for lo' I bring you tidings of great joy which shall be to all men A Saviour is born in Bethlehem, a Babe lying in a manger' I couldn't look up any more, the light had blinded me, but there seemed to be thousands of voices up there in the light singing, Glory to God in the highest' Peace on Earth, Good will to men "I ran down the hillside into the village and could hear the rest of the shepherds pounding behind me They were too terrified to stay there on that hillside But I wanted to see the Babe they had been sing- ing about I asked everyone f met on the street, 'Where is the Babe9' They just stared and shook their heads I must have looked wild with my hair blowing and still wrapped in my striped blanket' I uiun t kiiuw where I waa going but a manger must be in a stable so I looked for one Here was the inn, they must have a stable I saw the fat innkeeper in the doorway, holding a rabbit by a leg 'Where is your stable9' I cried stable9 What do you want with a stable9' he asked I m looking for a baby in a I replied He shook his head at me and the shepherds behind me The stable is there on the hillside in that cave, but I don t think you'll find any baby he chuckled "I led the way up the path to the opening of the cave There on the floor was a small fire with a tall bearded man standing beside it By his gar- >4 Merry Christmas one and all Hope it s abundant m joy and peace Thanks to all From DUFF SOUND EQUIPMENT Phone 327-1815 1106 6th Ave S Softh softh i A I'ng 'Hi And there ami A disc shapes CT A Iitt'e ma And chuckling I nloids tfc A Lndernpdtn U'_ With H i He s hedd'n Vvith To Jup'ie' ments I knew he did not live in Bethlehem "We are looking for a bab> born tonight and laid in a manger, kind sir I said Do you know anything about it" I saw a movement in the darker area of the stalls and then could discern a verv young woman bending er a little bundle on the straw beside her 'Here is my Son, she m a soft, tender voice Would you like to see Him''' We crowded toward the woman and child I could see she was very lovelj and as she lifted the wrappings from the face of the Babe he yawned He looked like other new-born baby I had seen, but yet there was something it was dark there in the shadows but his little face and that of his Mother glowed with light I don't know why, but I knelt and kissed the corner of His blanket "My Saviour and Lord' I murmured much to my surprise Ao food The next morning grand father Isaac had me slaughter a spring lamb and he took it to the cave-stable didr t have any food there, and the Babe's mother needs meat for he explained Prom that day our flocks prospered as no other on tne hillside And the beasts did not prey on them 'Many years went and we heard stones of the Babe that was born that night in Bethlehem It was said that His parents had escaped into Egypt with Him when Herod sought to kill him 4.nd that later they returned and setti ed m Nazareth And finallv that He was travelling about Judaea preaching of the com ing of the Messiah He had a number of men following Him Once I saw them travel! ing along the road to Jericho and I wanted to follow theii But I had driven a flock of lambs to the Temple in Jerusalem ana was on my home with the money The other shepherds were waiting for their pay and vour grand mother was expecting me I was sad not long afterwards when I heard that the priests in Jerusalem had plotted against Him and that the Romans had crucified Him The old man's voice faded and his head fell on his breast He slept in the sunshine "x L L wo nee true, h'd contTL-e1: GEORGETA MERRY CH Little parts add up to smooth driving Little wishes add up to big greetings. 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