Dear Editor:Christmas leads me to ponder the teachings and values of Christ. He blesses the poor in spirit, those who mourn, who hunger for truth and justice, the meek, the merciful, the pure of heart and those persecuted for standing up for truth, justice and his teachings. When pressed, he gives us two laws, to love God with our entire mind, heart and body, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Simple as they are, the laws challenge us daily and are clarified by examples in his life. He honors and obeys women. He never denies his own deity and called every person his brother. The only time he becomes angry is at people profiting from religion. Christ’s most powerful lesson lay within his humiliation, torture and death. He accepted the attacks fearlessly, retaliating with only love and forgiveness.In the “Course in Miracles” Christ shows us other ways to think. His book begins with, “The opposite of love is fear but what is all encompassing cannot have an opposite.” He sums the book up with “Nothing real can be threatened; nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” We are shown that there are only two human emotions, fear and love, and that only the love is real.My favorite lesson is, if you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you don’t bring forth what is within you, what you don’t bring forth will destroy you.Merry Christmas.John HoffmannCarbondale
Despite being a big star, Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen has frequently connected with the young AVSC athletes while training at Aspen Highlands over the years.