Letter: Congratulations for Alpine Village

Dec. 14, 2013 @ 04:13 PM

To the editor:

Congratulations to College Avenue Church. As a former resident of Lenoir, it means so much to know true love is being shared with the citizens there. Here is one example. I just talked to my 81-year-old mom and dad. They helped at Lenoir’s Christmas village (College Ave. Church sets up booths, and they have music and toys ... a wonderland of awe that remembers the real meaning of Christmas). Over 3,600 folks walked through the gym of the old high school (not used since 1977). Mom distributed a gift to each child (among the 1,700 children of the 3,600 total who attended Alpine Village). She said one little boy about 7 years old came up to her. She told him he had a choice between a puzzle and a train. He said, “You choose for me.” She said she picked the little train. The little boy from Gamewell took the train, and then he looked up in her eyes and said, “This is the best day of my life.” She said at that point, she knew all the work involved in setting up/running of the Alpine Village had not been in vain. Through a child’s eyes.

Everyday can be “the best day of our lives,” but I suppose we have to see the glorious wonder in genuine gestures and authentic actions from God and/or others.

J. Neal Isaac, PhD

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.