Our goal is to make this newspaper a blessing to the community

By Jonathan Key and Jeff Schumacher | Dec 31, 2012

Christmas Day will be here tomorrow and we wanted to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for the blessing we have been given to serve as your hometown newspaper this year. For all of us here at The Mountaineer, Christmas is a great time to celebrate God’s blessings to us and they include you our readers, advertisers and supporters.

Your expectations from us are high, and we have tried not to disappoint. There have been times where we know we have let you down, but we’ve always learned from our mistakes and tried to become better because of them. We understand it is impossible to please everyone all of the time but we do the best we can. If we can inform, educate and sometimes entertain you three days per week, then we feel like we have done our job fairly well.

Recently we discussed with our employees about making this paper a blessing to this community. We believe that in order to fulfill God’s purposes for this company, we need everyone who interacts with us to feel blessed that The Mountaineer is a part of their life. Our goal is to provide leadership and content that sparks hope and growth for this community. We are steadfast in that goal, and know you will be watching and helping us achieve it every time we produce a newspaper. God has challenged us with the service we speak of above and, because of the great commitment we see within our staff, we are feeling good about what you will be seeing in the coming months.

As we look upon the day tomorrow, celebrating the miraculous day of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we are reminded not to take our blessing for granted. Every one of us have been given the opportunity to accept the blessing of forgiveness and eternal life with God’s unconditional love that was made available to us upon the birth of His Son. It is up to us, whether or not we want to open our hearts and let his spirit in. It’s as simple as that. Open up our hearts to Jesus and His blessings will begin to flow.

Many in our society miss the point of Christmas and would like us all to ignore the true meaning for this season altogether. From the controversial topic of whether to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays,” to the removal of Christianity in our public buildings and schools, some groups keep trying to distance themselves away from this unbelievable blessing we have all been afforded.

So, you may ask, what can we do about it? It begins with asking yourself a simple question; “If you were to die today, do you know where you will be spending eternity?” If you need help answering this question, please visit one of the Christmas Eve services that will be presented at churches throughout the county tonight.

For the rest of us, keep your faith and belief in Jesus Christ present in your daily life. Make the commitment that this will be the Christmas that never stops where you make Christ an anchor for your everyday life, knowing that He is always there for you. John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send him to condemn the world, but to save it.” That is His promise.

As we celebrate the miracle tomorrow, we want to thank you all for a tremendous year. One where we have been held accountable for our actions; rewarded for our hard work; thanked for our many community outreach efforts; and blessed by all of you who continue to support us. We truly appreciate each and every one of you.

From our families to yours, we do wish you all the blessings that Christmas brings, for now and forever. And, we look forward to next year where we can truly be a blessing in your life here in Haywood County.