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Letter: The courage of one's faith

I don't know him but I hope his mother knows what he has done, because she will be so proud of this man she calls "son." I know I am. Driving down First Street, late on Christmas night, we almost drove off the street as my son and I caught sight ...

I don't know him but I hope his mother knows what he has done, because she will be so proud of this man she calls "son." I know I am. Driving down First Street, late on Christmas night, we almost drove off the street as my son and I caught sight of the blazing sign in front of McDonald's that heralded the birth of our No. 1 baby boy. It said, "Happy Birthday, Jesus."

We turned the corner and went around the block just to approach those wonderful words again. I called McDonald's immediately on arriving home to compliment the night manager and to have him pass my message on to the owner because I am so proud of this Willmar businessman. He stood up for his faith and let it blast out over that street. Not for him that side-step shuffle or head-ducking "Happy Holiday" stuff. The in-your-face, big flashing letters of McDonald's "Happy Birthday, Jesus" just made our hearts sing and added a grand high note to the end of Christmas Day.

God bless our America and that American. It proved to me that we still have people with the courage of their faith, who will dump this ridiculous, stifling, politically correct foolishness and stand firm for what they believe and what they know is right. More and more Christians must stand to be counted. Their knees might buckle and their upper lips might become dewy but finally they will realize their voices must be heard across this land.

Are we a people of faith, such as those that built this great country, or are we mainly populated by the greedy, the ignorant, the self-centered and the uncaring? I pray this not be true. To quote Robert Kennedy, "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those that try to maintain their neutrality."

In this new year, take the opportunity to fill your heart and heal your soul and sing loudly that old song, "Onward Christian Soldiers." God bless you -- everyone.

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- Patricia Carter Harding, Willmar

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