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Offline Jeff

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The days before Christmas
« on: December 19, 2001, 12:40:23 PM »
     In 1944 as a young Army Air corpman listened to the wind whistling past the bullet holes in the B17 that now punctuated its right side, he remembered his promise of several days earlier. On a similar flight he had promised God that if returned safely to his young family, that he would follow any path in which the lord would lead, and for the next 50 years he did so without fail.

     Christmas was a special time for the corpman and his family, celebrating each one with his wife and 3 young daughters and then eventually at the age of 40 a son and another daughter.  One of the traditions the corpman had was to relate to his family what he called "God's version" of the Night before Christmas. Eventually the son would continue to share the story with his family and friends.

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem because he was of the house and lineage of David To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.


I love you Dad and I miss you.
Merry Christmas everyone.
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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2001, 01:59:48 PM »
Poignant,  and touching..............
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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2001, 03:04:57 PM »
What a wonderful story, Jeff, and Thank you for sharing it with us.

Merry Christmas
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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2002, 07:31:37 PM »
I wanted to bring this up where it belongs. Merry Christmas folks!
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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2002, 07:39:19 PM »
Merry Christmas, Tiny Tim!
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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2002, 08:18:57 PM »
Merry Christmas all.
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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2002, 08:33:30 PM »
And to all a good night!   :)
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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2002, 04:15:40 PM »
God bless us, everyone!

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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2004, 01:17:25 PM »
I wanted to bring this up for my Dad.
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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2004, 01:54:21 PM »

 I'd say ya done just fine, Boss.

  :D Merry Christmas to one and all.  :)
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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2004, 02:01:16 PM »
Nice story Jeff...thank you for sharing.
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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2004, 03:20:50 PM »
Thank you, Jeff and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

My dad was tuff on me in my earlier years but I love him and miss him also.
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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2004, 03:34:06 PM »
Thanks for posting that for all to share in, its a blessing

The Bible says that we are to honor or Father and Mother.
You bring much honor to the Brokaw name. (seriously)

Merry Christmas to you and your family Jeff  

And Happy Birthday Jesus

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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2004, 04:10:38 PM »
Family traditions are wonderful, they bind the generations together. To all MERRY CHRISTMAS.
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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2004, 04:18:16 PM »
You're the man Jeff - God's blessings on you and your household. I'm prayin' that He touches your shoulder in a way that amazes you. A very merry Christmas to you and to each one on this forum!  May He come close!            
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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2004, 06:25:00 PM »
Thanks for sharing Jeff,
What a great tribute to your Dad! Also a glimpse of what makes you the man you are today. Tis true the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2004, 06:35:34 PM »
Merry Christmas Jeff .  Thanks for not turning me into a pumpkin and I promise to never tangle with the boys in the kiln drying section again !   :-X
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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2004, 07:47:22 PM »
Heya Jeff,
Thanks for the story. The true meaning of Christmas can easily get lost these days. The guy in the B17 was your dad?? ???


Merry Christmas everyone.....
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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #18 on: December 20, 2004, 08:04:24 PM »
Thanks for bringing this back to the top again, Big Guy. It's becoming a ForestryForum tradition, too. :)

Merry Christmas, all!
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Re: The days before Christmas
« Reply #19 on: December 20, 2004, 08:49:35 PM »
Thanks, Jeff. I lost my dad, who was also a WWII, vet in the spring of this year. He is gone, but still with us this holiday season.

Merry Christmas everyone and God Bless......  
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