In Focus
Off The Wall, December 17, 2010

It’s true, one hears of this concerning other religions as well. But I am certain of this. For the last 38 years, I have had a steadfast belief in Jesus.

Now, that is not to say I have always been that way. Prior to that, I had some very blurry pictures for sometime, because I didn’t learn how to properly focus the camera. I just let it do its own thing and what developed was something of which I was not proud.

But one day I took hold of my camera, placed my left hand on the lens, looked into it and adjusted my view so a clear picture resulted. Since then, most of my photos have been sharp.

To believe that Christ was born for my benefit took some doing. But when I felt His presence within me, then I knew it wasn’t just a story, but an on-going everlasting experience whereby the Holy Spirit is drawing me closer to the Holy Family daily.

That little baby that was born in a stable is so much a part of my life that I know if I didn’t stay focused, I would be lost without Him. I realize I am just one of many who feel this way. Thank God for that.

But we who are true Christians all have to stand up for our beliefs, even those who may be laid back. If so-called Christians go to church Sundays, but do not back what the season is about, do not openly confess their beliefs, or let others walk all over them, then they are believers by label only. These just may be the ones that are allowing Sparkle Season to exist.

There may be people around us who don’t care if the images they photograph are sharp. As long as they get some kind of picture, that may be their only objective. But for we, who are dedicated to a Christ child who was born that one night to a woman who was virgin, there will never be any other name for that all important time, just Christmas.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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