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lii! : L 1511  :.-  EI[[ ]LJII] JIB _. ;Id  J,hlld L kllllJllll| IIIlBJIII ll HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD Just A Thought Timeless lessons mat are ta By RICK KRAFT death on the cross? He was dying a slow and As an attorney I deal with many people who are going through a lot of pain. Some of these people don't think they can handle the pain they are experi- encing. Many of these people can't sleep at night. Because of the trauma they are go- ing through they lose weight or are unable to focus on work. There are many, many hurt- ing people in this world. Besides this, there have been times in my life that I have had to walk the valley and experience pain my- self. When I counsel with hurting people or when I ask the question. "Why me?" or "How can I handle this?" I need to look no further than into Jesus' com- passionate eyes on the cross. I use what happened on the cross as a backdrop to measure the pain that I and others experience and I always realize our pain is really not as substantial as we think it is. How much baggage do each of us carry every step of our painful deatl hanging between two criminals. With nails driven through His hands and feet, a crown of thorns piercing His head, blood dripping from His scourged body, and a sign mock- ing Him above His head, He looked down from the cross and with compassion in His eyes, He for- gave the very people who were taking His life from Him. Almost 2000 years ago they hung aman on a cross. This wasn't just any man. .This was a special man. This man's life would change the world forever. This man's death and resurrection would change the world forever. Even in the secular world, the impact of the life of this man would set the benchmark upon which mankind would measure time. The man was Jesus of Nazareth. This Sunday we cel- ebrate Easter and His resurrection. What can be learned from His Rick Kraft Pat Esser, of Portal, was the lucky winner of the 50/50 cash drawing. Esser generously donated her winnings back to the fun( raiser. Ph'oto by DAVID JOHNSOP Saving horses, one at a time Jeanne Williams Hummingbird (Gentle)- Bil Schneider Sr Golden Girl) Horse head Paul Van Wi By DEBBIE ANBINDER "Show me the money!" was the refrain at the first annual raffle fund raiser held for Harmony & Hope Horse Haven. This month long charity event had six raffles to chose from ranging from five pieces of original art to a 50/50 cash draw- ing. With a 50/50 raffle, the winner receives half of the money col- lected for that pool, and half of the money col- lected goes to the rescue. The winning tickets were drawn March 31, 2012 at the Ro- deo Grocery & Cafe, one of the local merchants helping to sell tickets. Pat Esser. Portal AZ resident. was the lucky recipient of the 50/ 50 cash raffle. When presented with her winnings, Pat bigheart- edly turned to Ruth Plenty and donated her winnings back to the rescue! Other winners were: Racoons (Picinic Bandits)- Girl wit: Horse (Trust) ; Bill Schneider Jr Bird in tree (Safely Hidden) Maggie Ander- son Harmony & Hope is a lo- cal 501 (c) (3) non-profit equine rescue and retirement home located near Rodeo. It was founded, and is run, by the Rodeo NM Postmaster Relief, Ruth Plenty. www.hannonyandhopehorsehaven.org Approximately 40.000 horses  are sent to slaughter each year. Thank goodness for Har- mony & Hope Horse Haven. They are a blessing to the horses. Tax deductible donations of money and material (fencing, blankets etc) are the lifeblood of this all volunteer rescue. 100% of the money received goes to the horses. ught m relting fro m ill feelings we have towards others in this world? Or , ill ifeelings olhers have about us. Baggage preents us from meet- ing our potential. It takes so mtch extra energy to flap our wihgs and fly high or, even to leave the grc and if we are cari'y- ing the extra and unnecessary wqight that c 9mes from hatred or jealousy witlLin US. If we spend ou time aid energy holding sogaeone do n, we will be unable to Ifly high o lrself. Our inability to ilet go poi ;ons our own world dramatically I think f the burdens we all cafl'y in the rear 2012. At times ou[ burdens seem overwhelming. Arid they continue to grow if we letthem, even to the point where wcan become ineffective in the lives we live. But we need look no further than to the cross. We an able to place our burdens at th( foot of the cross and to leave th, m with the man who gave His lif for every one of us. We are told in Luke 23:34 th t Jesus looked down from the cr, ss and said. "Father, forgive th,.,m, for they,do not know what th,,,y are doing. What a lesson in fo: "giveness! We justify our thoughts regu- la] ly. And without intentionally kn awing it, xe are unable to for- gi',e small agts or words another has done. We hold such behav- io up as a torch and we carry it wth pride, i hear people regu- iafly make comments like, "There is ino way that I can forgive him for what he did," or "I am unable to get past what she did." I don't Inow if I could be filled with lqve and compassion for those taking life from me if ] were in exc(uciating pain and dying a slow death. I don't know if I could look into their eyes and ask God to forgive them for kill- ing me. I don;t know ifI wouldn't be filled with anger towards those whose acts are unjust. But I know Jesus was able to overcome such feelings and;He has set an ex- ample for my life. I think of how often I hear the phrase, Tit isn't fair." But when I hear these words I think of the cross. There was nothing fair about the cross. Did Jesus look down from the cross and talk to the murderers about fairness?. Is the unfaimes I experience really something I should dwell on when I place it against the back- drop of.the coss? I'm not sure who was the original writer of the "One Soli- tary Life" story, but in just a few short paragraphs it sets forth for us the significance of the life and death and life of the man we cel- ebrate at Easter. "He was born in an obscure village the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obsctre village where he worked in a carpenter's shop un- til he was 30J And then for three years he was an itinerant preacher. He never had a family or owned a home." "He never set foot inside a big city. He never traveled ]00 miles from the place where he was born. He never wrote a book, or held an office. He did none of the things that usually accom- pany greatness. While he was still a young man the tide of popu- lar opinion turned against him. GET CASH small step no.@ FETCH THIS PAPER YOURSELF TAKE A SHALL STEP TO GET HEALTHY vv.srnallsp,2ov for your GOLD!,I Gold jewelry, scrap, broken pieces, dental, any condition, 8K-I8K 575-639-2484 COTTAqE HOUSE 2 1 4 E. Motel DRIVE fro the cross His friends deserted him. He was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While he was dying his-executioners gambled for the only piece of property he had, his robe. When he was dead he was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave." "Three days later he ap- peared before his disciples. A new faith was born. Nineteen centu- ries have come and gone and to- day he is the central figure for much of the human race. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned put together have not affected the life of man upon this earth as power- fully as this one solitary life." There are many lessons to be learned at the cross, these are but a few. My challenge to you on this Easter is to learn from the man who endured a cross unjustly. Use what happened on the cross as a backdrop for your life. When you think your pain is unbear- able remember the example Jesus set for you. In His dying, He showed us how to live. When you don't think you can forgive another, remember the man who asked forgiveness for the very 904 East Mote Dr. Lordsburg 542-3030 HOURS: Closed Mondays t AI: Tues-Sat 9 AM - 8 PM 8.AM - 2 PM Sundays ! Camarones with Red uc Capirotada Chacales Every Friday during Lent individuals who were killing Him. When you are bogged down in a "life isn't fair" mentality, re- member there was nothing fair about the cross. When placed against the backdrop of the cross, are the difficulties we experience really as bad as we make them? Aren't we truly able to forgive others who have harmed us in much lesser ways? Just a thought... Rick Kraft is.a motivational speaker, a published author, and an a'ttorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft@ kraftandhunter.com or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. Leflem tothe Editor The Hidalgo County Her- aid urges readers to voice their opin- ions by writing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E Motel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to hcheraid@aznex.net. Only let- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for publication. All letters that are )ublished should be consid- ered the opinion of the author, and not necessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech. Subsidies Dear Editor: Subsidies to Oil Companies are Subsidies to US Citizens Obama must demonize the 'enemy' because his policies do not stand to reason. Obama wants to tax .or cut subsidies to the "Big Oil" com- panies. If either happens, the price of gasoline at the pump will go UP, not down. Although, it is said Big Oil does not get subsidized, they get A Picture EDMUND SAUCEDO/Lordsburg Belen She was th( Celestina Si the Lordsbu 1957. In high Future Horn was chosen and assistar Last Will a Eddie Men, daughters. Paso, Texa survived b) granddaugh, so called '1 The ta: tax bra Unrei': care, like nesses get Be] Lordsburg Hi! Juzman Romero ' second of three d nchez Guzman m rg schools and g school Belen wa emakers of Amer Homecoming art t class secretary ad Testament w loza. 3elen married Pat fter Pat's death where she lived her two daught r, and her sister ax breaks', like break on the il home, the mec )u get for abursed med II{e tax break b by 'deducting' m Guzman h School Class of 1957 zas born in Lordsburg on May 8, 1938. tughters (Lupe, Belen and Irene) born to d Jose Guzman. Belen was educated in tduated from Lordsburg High School in a member of Chorus. Band, Pep Club, :a, was named to "Who's Who at LHS," ndant three years, and was cheerleader her senior year. Belen's Senior Class L Belen Guzman, will my height to '.omero and to this union were born two telen attended cosmetology school in El until her death in March 2012. She is rs, four grandchildren, and one great- upe Ornelas (Alfonso) of Lordsburg. ball has come and gone. I would er- like to extend a thank you to cal Coaches Rosa Plowman and Chris Alvarez on a great season cal of PAL Basketball and for tak- tsi- ing the time to work with my the child. cost of pu chasing office plies, machinery, etc. Tax dollars, YOUR tax lars, not 'foderal dollars' is sidizing aft algae growing eration neaJr Columbus, NI , . ,, Now, hy granting m( to them to do research is b different than a legal tax de tion taken bY oil companie We ae subsidizing Soro's oil_ deals in Bn Where is tae outrage on t Democratswill send mone Brazil to dtrill for oil, but n( Alaska? FYI: The Democrate, trolled Senate voted to keep sidles (tax breaks) to BIG C The Senate voted 51 te mostly along party lines. Even though a majorit senators approved the leg tion, it fell short of the 60- requirement to pass it. Mary Sn Hachita, Hats off Dear Editor: Another year of PAL ba $1,00000000 Scho arshii J Ava=lable Hidalgo County School Seniors Lightning Dock Geothermal HI-01, LLC scholarship, rfinewable for an additional County High School Senior upon acceptan or university of their choice, The student scholastic and leadership ability includin activities and preferably be pursuing a d similar Science based Applications can be picked up with Animas Counselors or by emailing kacie.peter A complete appli postmark cation, including all neces= ad no later than April 25, LDG Scholarship Con PC Box 86 Animas, NM 8802 up- I would especially like to 1ol- thank J.J. Salinas, Catheryn ub- Gomez, and ALL those who volunteered their time coach- op- ing, refereeing, and making hey sure that all was in order for a ely successful basketball season! uc- I would like to give a sin- . cere thank you to Mr. Salinas the for donating back his coordina- zil. tor earnings, as well as his own ds? personal money to ensure that to each child received a trophy. On to behalf of our youth, THANK YOU! )n- ub- Sincerely, EL!. Dana M. Arredondo 47, Lordsburg 'of ;la- 'ote der IM et- A )- i Cyro h Liqhtnintj Dock Jeothermal ill award one $1,000.00 hree years,.to a Hidalgo e from a four year college hould exhibit outstanding extra-curricular and civic egree in Engineering or field. nd Lordsburg High School son@cyrqenergy,com ary documents, should be 012 and mailed to: mittee