It shall be said, "Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people's way." (Isaiah 57:14 NRSV)

Ross Perot tells about the day Mort Myerson became the president of Electronic Data Systems. Mort's 95-year-old grandfather was there. Mort's grandfather was forced to flee Russia many years ago because of his religion. He lived in an attic in Brooklyn for 18 months working as a tailor, so he could get together enough money to buy a train ticket to Fort Worth, Texas. He reared a fine young son there and that son became Mort Myerson's father. And now granddad was there to see Mort become president of a major corporation. At the end of the meeting Mort's grandfather came forward with tears in his eyes and hugged Mort and said, "Son, through you I have fulfilled all of the dreams I had as a young man when I came to America."

That's the kind of debt many of us owe this day. It is a debt that is owed to men and women whose names we don't even know--but they worked and they worshiped and in some cases they even gave their lives that we might have the many benefits that we will celebrate this season.

Lord Jesus, thank you for going before me to show me the way. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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