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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014 7 Just A Thought ! By RICK KRAFT He is alive! He is alive! He is alive! The first Easter morning must have been an exciting ex- perience for those who had walked the journey with Jesus. Watching Jesus die a painful death on the cross. The depres- sion that followed. The fear of the uncertainty of the movement going for- ward without its leader. The uncer- tainty of whether Or not Jesus was really who He said he was, yet the knowledge of the miracles Jesus had performed. The emo- tions of the early Christian believers had to be all over the place in the three days between Jesus' death and what was to became Easter morning. We will wake up Sunday to Easter morning. ! thought what better way to share the Easter story than from those eyewitnesses who wrote about it in the years follow- ing the events occurring. I found Rick Kraft Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Herald urges readers to voice their opinions by writ- ing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Mo- tel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to hcherald @ aznex .net. Letters should include ideas, viewpoints, criticism and news analysis that encourage discussion on issues that have an impact on the community. Facts must be annotated. Letters that contain information that cannot be easily verified, libelous statements or name calling will be rejected. Letters should be no longer than 250 words. An author may have a letter or guest opinion every 30 days. Volunteerism Dear Editor: We moved to Lordsburg in March 1993. We love it here and consider it home. Shortly after we moved here, we started visiting the nursing home every Sunday afternoon and sometimes during the week. In June 1993 we started having sing-a-long once a week. We felt God was calling us to work with these people. At one time we had six services a week. Sue also wrote letters for some of the residents. She also mended their clothes. Soon we cut back to three services and visiting each week. About five years ago Sue's health began to fail. She felt bad that she wasn't able to help much anymore. At this time, we feel God sent Tom Stidham to help George with the Sunday services. We dearly appreciate what he is do- ing. Now our real reason for writ- ing. George has had all kinds of physical problems lately. At this time he is not able to go to the nursing home. Tom is having the Sunday morning and Sunday night services. We are thankful for this. Is there anyone here in our community who could volunteer at the nursing home? The resi- dents would love to have you come visit, read stories, or poems to them. Just let them know you care. Ask the activities director what you could do to help out. I'm sure she would appreciate you volunteering. Thank you, George & Sue Weiss Lordsburg a compilation of scripture created by InfoStarBase that brings to- gether the story of the events that we celebrate today. I will share these scriptures from the New in- temational Version translation of the Bible. First and most importantly is an overview of the Easter story. The most quoted verse of the Bible from John 3:16-17 is, "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 his Son into the world to con- demn the world, but to save the world through him." Moving to the events lead- ing up to Easter, beginning with the Last Supper. In Mark 14:16- 17, "The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they pre- pared the Passover. When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve." In Mark 14:22-25, "While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take it; this is my body." Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many," he said to them. "Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God" We move to the crucifixion in Matthew 27:27-31, "Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thoms and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the Jews!" they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him." Luke 23:26-27, "As the sol- diers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him." Luke 23:33-34, "When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals--one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots." John 19:23-24, "When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, wo- ven in one piece from top to bot- tom. "Let's not tear it," they said to one anotlier. "Let's decide by lot who will get it." This hap- pened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said," They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment." So this is what the soldiers did. Luke 23:44-47, "It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, 'Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.' When he had said this, he breathed his last. The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, 'Surely this was a righteous man.'" Matthew 27:57-60, "As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself be- come a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he'had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away." Mark 15:47, "Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid." Mark 16:2-7, " Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?" But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they en- tered the-tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Gali- lee. There you will see him, just as he told you.'" Mark 16:19- 20, "After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and con- fumed his word by the signs that accompanied it." There you go, the story of Easter as written by the eyewit- nesses who walked with Jesus. These aren't my words, but are the words of individuals who in- teracted with Him eye to eye, those who knew Him best some 2000 years ago. My challenge to you today is to celebrate the Easter story. The Son of God visits us on earth, walks among us, dies, conquers death, and goes to heaven to cre- ate a place for each of us. It really is a big deal - life and eternal life. Just a life changing thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft@ kraftandhunter, corn or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. Correction In last week's edition, the Hidalgo County Herald misidentified the photo on the front page. It was the Lordsburg Fire Department that hosted the green chile cheeseburger fundraiser at the Smith Ford Com- munity Fair, not the Hidalgo County Fire Department. The Herald apologizes for the error. other's Day is just around the corner. Call us today to pre-order your Mother'S Day floral arrangement! We also have a wide selection of cards, ifts, plants and balloons! Stop in today! OPEN l/ [~ Ask us about; our Free Delivery in Lordsburg! 542-8880 A Picture From The Past By EDMUND SAUCEDO/Lordsburg Photo courtesy JIM McCAULEY This circa 1938 photo, taken in the lobby of the historic Murray Hotel in Silver C;ty, NM, was a rodeo promotion. Rodeo director Ed Allison asked rancher Jim McCauley if he could ride a horse to town for a photo inside the newly opened hotel. Sixteen-year-old Martha Ryan (Hill), granddaughter of hotel owner W.D. Murray, posed with McCauley and his horse, "Agate." Note the "horse booties" fashioned from tire inner tubes. (See related article in this week's Preservation News on page 6.) ;on & coming to Hidalgo County Fairground on Sunday Courtesy submission animal stars from all 5 continents, cycle globe of death from Co- Carson & Barnes Circus is Housed in our white and red state lombia, incredible acrobats from pleased to announce the return of of the art tent with a multimillion Mexico, a truly hilarious pair of its colossal white and red tented sound and lighting system clowns; Yecory & Marquino, An big top show to New Mexico. complementing its blue & white amazing magic number from En- Bringing a fun filled, awe !nspir- starred interior. The show will tour gland, beautiful aerial artists and ing circus experience with the for 9 months in over 20 states, show girls from the USA, Brazil, most talented human and animal 260 cities and perform over 600 Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Ar- gentina, Mexico, Italy and acts from around the word. shows, making it the largest trav- Canada to mention a few. This The circus will be held at the eling tented show in the USA. year is poised to be the best one Hidalgo County Fairgrounds on "This is the Real Circus" is yet. Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 3:00 the official motto for our 2014 About Carson & Barnes: En- p.m. season, a truly family oriented tering its 78th. year in operation, For general information call spectacle, bringing you up close our "Circus City USA" based 580-743-7292 advance Tickets with our heart thumping El-company has toured continu- available at 25% discount at ephants, a menagerie of camels, ously all 50 States. Entertaining Ciros Mexican Restaurant 160 W. llamas, Katy our pygmy hippo- millions of families, featured Picacho Ave. or get them directly potamus, precarious climbing countless times in local and na- on line at WWW.bigtopshow.com goats, llamas, alpacas, horses, tional TV, newspapers, magazines here you can also find more in- ponies, talented pooches and an and radio. Enjoying a steadfast formation about the show and unique addition; the smallest el- reputation Of always bringing the touring information, ephant in the world? We also very best in family entertainment at affordable prices to large and About the show: The new bring you talented human per- small cities all over North 2014 edition of the Carson & formers from around the world, America, under the production, Barnes Circus is jam packed with such as The Cavallini Family tra- management and direction of top notch acts from more than 10 peze flyers from Las Vegas Ne- three generations of the Miller- different countries and over 50 vada, The Dominguez motor- Byrd family. 4 The Students of Animas High School and their guests who attended the After-Prom Bash and the members of Omega Alpha Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International would like to thank the following sponsors for their support. They .each helped to make the evening a big success and enable.d the students and their dates to continue the evening of fun in a safe and responsible way. THANK YOU! Animas Schools 1st New Mexico Bank Columbus Electric Coop., Inc. Cotton City 4-H Club Massey Enterprises Scott and Carrie Massey Tammy Pompeo P W's Cyrq / Lightning Dock Geothermal Rodeo Tavern Deming Coke Elbrock Water Systems Shirley Fralie Tanya Guilliam Dr. John L. Gordon, D.D.S The Herald Kranberry's Family Restaurant Lackey Fashion Cleaners Shannon Lasher Saucedo's Super Market Smith Ford Susan Sumrall, Farm Bure Tinley-Tee Tire Company Tobosa Belles Western Bank Sam Wagley Tamara Winkler