Letters to the editor for December 12, 2012

By Observer Upload December 12, 2012 01:37 pm



The reason for the season

To the Editor:

The year 2012 is almost over and 2013 is knocking at the front door. Christmas season is upon us with the galas, programs, bazaars, hustle and bustle of the season. I stop and think of the real reason for the season. 

How blessed we are to have such a loving Heavenly Father that loves us so much that he sent his only son Jesus to take on all our sins and the merciful sacrifice he made in our behalf so that we may choose the most glorious, ultimate gift — eternal life. What an awesome God we serve.

My Christmas prayer is that our Heavenly Father be with all the military men and women, all the policemen and policewomen and all their families, as well as each of you in our beautiful community of La Grande and surrounding areas. May he fill you with his joy and blessed peace this holiday season and give you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Janice Roberts

La Grande



Thankful for holidays, family

To the Editor:

This year, while I have many things to be thankful for, my mom came to visit us from the Portland area and I began to reflect on how much our relationship has grown in the last 10 years.  When I was 19 I “came out” to her. When she opposed and sought to straighten me out, our relationship crumbled. We hardly spoke to each other in the following years. While I felt she did not care about me, she truly wanted the best life for me. We have learned to communicate with each other and rediscover similarities that bonded us before. She has grown to accept me and I learned to respect other viewpoints. While I wish I could regain those lost years spent in avoidance and arguments, I am so thankful she was willing to spend the holiday here in Eastern Oregon with my partner and me.

So, I hope and pray that through the holidays others are able to focus on their similarities and unite with their families, lost or mistaken. Be willing to support one another and communicate, working together to make the best of life and all that it has to offer.

Thanks, Mom.

Ryan Minor





Finding peace

To the Editor:


These are troubled times. As we celebrate Christmas it is important to remember that the Christ of Christmas is Jesus Christ who can bring peace to any situation.  

Peace can be found as we rest in His presence. I hope you are inspired to do so by these words from “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” by Edmund Sears.

“Oh ye beneath life’s crushing load,

Whose forms are bending low, 

Who toil along the climbing way

With painful steps and slow;   

Look now, for glad and golden hours 

Come swiftly on the wing; 

Oh rest beside the weary road 

And hear the angels sing.”

Peace on Earth!

Merry Christmas!

Linda Bond