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Vaiden comments on last week's Op-Ed

Dear Editor:
From the beginnings of civilization, there has been a societal fundamental circumstance called poverty. Lacy Hilliard’s article, if it had been published in a metropolitan newspaper, would have produced what, in my experience as a professional writer, a field day for character assassination. It would be picked apart for the contradictions that exist within the article itself, and the failure of compassion, education, and the presentation of a touching scene involving a child, and a flickering candle, being a possibility to move against, successfully, material poverty.
Well, the masses constantly search for trouble in other people’s backyards, than in their own, because it is more interesting. In this world without law, being entertained by another’s misfortune, rarely evokes neither sympathy, or compassion. Yet, we find ourselves, in our little town, the constant desire to live with a good intent, that comes from the heart. This being a holiday season that is spiritually connected to a perfect man’s sacrifice, because of His deep love, and compassion, is still not buried in the world of commercialism, that has become a cancer to it.
I personally appreciate Lacy’s taking the time to note the material disparages that exist, even here. Simply, those who have, and those who have not, the material things needed for living from day, to day. With Lacy’s, and the Tomahawk’s permission, I would like to bring our hearts, our minds, our Christian spirit, to the things of good will, and the people who have an abundance of.
It is given to us by God freely, because His Son, our spiritual hope, is now sitting at God’s right hand. Jesus Christ purchased our lives with His own. He is selfish in the fact that He wants the value of His sacrifice, to be beyond measure! That no one will be left behind. For the moment, specifically the King’s Millinneal Rule of 1000 years, and we will be found perfect and see the face of God, it is not here yet. That is from a material physicality.
Spiritually, the Bible has come out of a 2000 year dormancy, in order for the last book, Revelation, to become fulfilled. Yes, God’s Holy Spirit has become active again, to bring the promises to those whom He loves, to its final fulfillment!
But, what are the gifts we are all being given to overflowing?
Galatians 5: 22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Against such there is no law.”  
Matthew 5: 3-10: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!”
I have seen, and been part of, a moment of silence, in the presence of families about to receive their holiday meal, to give thought to the young child staring at a flickering candle, that Lacy, in all her goodness, does not want us to forget.
With, and through the merciful giving of God’s Holy Spirit, and future promise of a perfect everlasting life, in a perfect world, where death itself will be killed, which one of us are lacking of anything?
To all of you at the Tomahawk, to all of Johnson County, and Mountain City, my prayers are constantly with you. Christian love, shown to each other, will always get all of us through the day. Happy Holidays!

Buddy Vaiden
Mountain City, TN