The Christmas Violin

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009, at 5:09 PM
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  • Gearjammer,

    When you decide to use your God Given talent with positive direction -- you are better than awesome.

    Our country [Not Yours, or Mine, or Theirs], but OUR country needs the best from everyone, without hatred, vitriol and unyielding anger.

    You have a lot of good to offer.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Tue, Dec 22, 2009, at 5:50 PM
  • Very nice Sam

    -- Posted by boojum666 on Tue, Dec 22, 2009, at 5:55 PM
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    What a splendid example of how God stays with us in time of difficulty. God did not ever promise there would be no problems. Rather, God promised to never leave us or forsake us.

    -- Posted by Leo.Pold on Tue, Dec 22, 2009, at 9:21 PM
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    Having had many a day practicing "sawing that thing in two" (as my father would say) I confess that I laughed out loud at the part of Cline being banished to the latrine.

    This story, and your contribution, is a very nice and thoughtful gift.

    Thank you.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

    -- Posted by Mickel on Tue, Dec 22, 2009, at 9:42 PM
  • Sam,

    I'm always been inspired by the resilience and optimism of people in the most trying of circumstances. Constructing a violin out of nothing and with the help of the enemy and then playing it in the bitter cold with numb fingers in a prison camp -- that says so much about the will to survive, the fortitude of the down-trodden, and the necessary finding and celebration of beauty (art/music) everywhere. Res Just

    -- Posted by Resilient Justice on Wed, Dec 23, 2009, at 12:02 AM
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    Some would say that God's help was minute. When a man is in a prison camp, God's miracle was for the man, not to be delivered immediately from his chains, but rather the gifts of patience, endurance and music.

    ResJus - wonderfully stated sir.

    I am reminded that we need hardships to build our faith and character.

    -- Posted by sameldridge on Wed, Dec 23, 2009, at 1:48 AM
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    Hank and Guillermo, thank you for your kind words.

    -- Posted by sameldridge on Wed, Dec 23, 2009, at 1:50 AM
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    Excellent post. My mom tells me you once wrote about Audie Murphy. I did not see it in the archives. Any chance you would re-post that article?

    Merry Christmas

    -- Posted by backgammon on Wed, Dec 23, 2009, at 2:02 PM
  • Silent night, Holy Night, God was Born.

    About thirty three years later paid the death penalty for our sinful ways.

    Three days later resurrected, to defeat Death for us.

    Assended into Heaven to prepare a place for us.

    Soon, now, will return to take His Bride/Church home for the Wedding Feast.

    And then, the Real Story will begin.

    Blessed is He who comes in the name of Yaweh/Yehovah.

    Amen, and Bless His birth.

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Wed, Dec 23, 2009, at 5:01 PM
  • thank you for sharing an inspiring true story of triumph in the face of hardship.

    -- Posted by ontheleftcoast on Thu, Dec 31, 2009, at 1:46 AM
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