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Eyes & Ears of Moreno Valley

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Merry Christmas -- what a powerful time of the year to just be at peace. This is the time that we celebrate the birth of Jesus. I found this in my Utmost for His Highest Journal, by Oswald Chambers: “LIBERTY on the ABYSS of the GOSPEL,” A spiritually minded man will never come to you with the demand -- “Believe this and that,” but with the demand that you square your life with the standards of Jesus. We are not asked to believe the Bible, but to believe the one whom the Bible reveals (cf. John 5:39-40). We are called to present liberty of conscience, not liberty of view. If we are free with the liberty of Christ, others will be brought into the same liberty -- the liberty of realizing the dominance by Jesus Christ. Don’t get impatient, remember how God dealt with you—with patience and with gentleness, but never water down the truth of God. Let it have its way and never apologize for it. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples” not make converts of your opinion.

“Where Dreams Soar”

The Moreno Valley Black Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and Officers 9th Annual Holiday Feast was great. We prayed that the members and the community enjoyed everything. It was in your honor that we do this celebration every year just to thank you. We want to thank Dr. White and her family for coming and Dr. Fleming and her husband for sharing such a special evening with us and we have larger and better things planned next year. To the venders’ thank you: Brenda Alfred with the voice of an angel, Orlando Gomez of Silence of Revelation, and Master of Ceremony and DJ Kevin Davis. See you next year. Visit the Chamber’s website at mvbcc@.org or (951) 443-0226.

The City of Moreno Valley in the Draft Environmental Impact Report for a Warehouse Project -- During the public review period, interested public agencies should address Moreno Valley Public Environmental Notification further. This has been ongoing since December 3, 2012 and it ends January 14, 2013. For more information contact (951) 413-3206.

Commuter Alert East Junction Project Update -- Beware of the work on the 60 Freeway and 215 Freeway. SAVE LIVES—SLOW FOR THE CONE ZONE! For information contact Michelle Profant, (909) 383-4416 or (909) 383-4631.

Back to WHERE THE MUSIC LIVED by Ron Clancy: Ron stated he would have liked to stay in Savannah, Georgia a few more days. He called his wife Renate and said, “honey I’m in heaven.” Ron’s next stop was St. Helena Island, South Carolina fifty miles north of Savanna. St. Helena Island, one of South Carolina’s sea islands is the home to one of Christmas’ most precious treasures, the carol MARY HAD A BABY, composed somewhere in the early 19th century. It’s one of the few surviving slave written carols. The line that never fails to move me is the last one “People Keep a Comin’ an’ the Train done gone.”

Ron said there’s no agreement on its meaning, but the interpretation I like best is this one: Trains represented an escape to freedom. No one knows for sure the plantation where it was written on, and today the Coffin Point Plantation is the only one on the island that remains. It is a private home now. He stood there and sang the song to himself softly and he thought what a piece of Christmas must have meant to the slaves. This is a journey that I’m enjoying, as we all know we can travel anywhere in the world just by reading and this is my favorite time of the year. It is wonderful for someone to have the mind to tell us what he has done to let us know where our favorite Christmas Carols come from. It is a joy and an honor to share his story. His next town is Pontiac, Michigan All Saints Episcopal Church the source of inspiration for the Alfred Burt family carols. He then headed east to Concord, Massachusetts to visit Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where composer Katherine K. Davis is buried.

In 1941, Ms. Davis wrote The Carol of the Drum, known today as the Little Drummer Boy. Davis taught music at Wellesley College. She penned more than 600 songs. It is said that she based her famous hymn on an old Czech carol she said in an interview that the song practically wrote itself. It took 17-years for it to become famous. Someone else clamed authorship but Davis eventually proved she was in fact, the songwriter. Next week I will try and finish my travels with Ron Clancy and where the music lived.

Be Blessed!

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