Charmaine Tarver, Ourtown National News Editor,
We all have our favorite memories of Christmas – I've had so many happy memories with my wonderful mother who would go the extra mile to make everything just right – from the way the Christmas tree was decorated, to the delightfully wrapped Christmas presents, the most wonderful stuffed turkey dinner and the table which was colorfully decorated.
But most of all, my mother taught us the true meaning of Christmas, wrapped up in the Spirit of Giving through Christ Jesus. I used to take objects from around the house and wrap them up for her because I had nothing of my own to give except for a loving heart. Which is what she taught us all, along with myself and brothers, Bill, Tim, and Wayne.
The Christmas wish lists were always answered and our stockings were always filled with fruit, nuts and candy. All of these memories will always be cherished. We always received more than we ever asked for. But you see…. my mother is much more special then that…
She made sure we went to Sunday school, that we were encouraged to know the true meaning behind Christmas. She went to our school Christmas plays. She encouraged us to dance, sing and play
To rejoice in our heart’s delight, so that we would come to know peace, love, joy and kindness under her loving guidance.
The most excellent thing is that she did this all year long, on birthdays, on Holidays and other gatherings of friends and family. She cared if others were hungry – if they were happy – if they had peace and joy. There were no empty days with my mother they all meant something. Surely, she knew Christ Jesus and surely he knows her.
By the way, I was twiced bless with two mothers, Leona Hafiz and Doris Tarver