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Cheering a Death

Posted 05-02-2011 at 08:10 AM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

The galvanizing moments of the morning of September 11th are never to be forgotten. I remember well just exactly where I was standing when I saw the first images and what my immediate thoughts were.

The same can be said of last night when word was received that the mastermind of 9/11, Osama bin Laden, was reported to have been killed by American forces in Pakistan.

My immediate, knee-jerk response was one of joy. The monster is finally gone.

I thought first of my friend, Robert, who was in the World Trade Center.

Like many of you, I never officially met Robert. I knew him only online but I had known him for a number of years. We were two adults playing a kid's game and we did it 9 months out of the year together. In playing fantasy baseball we competed against each other, trading players and giving each other a hard time. During the year we would exchange emails and occasionally we'd share other things about our lives. At...
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I Know

Posted 04-24-2011 at 07:54 AM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)
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While my Christmas celebrations are public in a way that few are my Easter celebrations are quite the opposite.

I consider Christmas to be a sacred event, as much as Easter, but for whatever reason Easter is just more personal.

I suppose it is because I think in my heart that while I can help the world understand Christmas I just cannot begin to adequately express my love and understanding of Easter.

It is difficult enough for me to fathom the depth of what really happened that Easter morning. Perhaps the words of the old hymn "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" begins to explain:

I know that my Redeemer lives,
What comfort this sweet sentence gives?
He lives, he lives who once was dead,
He lives, my ever living head!


I know. Two powerful words.

I have here on these pages explained the very human story surrounding those individuals involved in Jesus' birth.

It...
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Christmas and Politics

Posted 11-01-2010 at 05:27 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

I have a friend who is my political opposite who, for the purposes of this post, I will call Paul. That, of course, is not his real name but I have no doubts my family and friends who might read this will know who I am speaking about. I think the reasons why I don't use his real name will be obvious as I share the story.

I'm not sure when Paul and I became friends. We lived years ago fairly close to each other and I think we might have first met at a school event we had in common with our kids when we lived in California. In any event, we're about as different as two people can be.

We have had many an intellectual conversation about life, the universe and everything including a fair share of politcal sparring. He's as atheist as the day is long and I am, as he likes to say, as Mormon as a dude living in Utah can be (he knows how I deplore being classified as a Utah Mormon).

Our friendship has always been very warm though. He's got great kids,...
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