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When I was a freshman down at SDSU, I was visiting my grandparents outside Watertown for Christmas.

One of my uncles and I had spent hours the night before discussing the fact that I had given my life to Christ a couple months before that.

But one night my grandmother was playing some Christmas music on the record player. I think the singer was Jim Nabors.

For you younger folks, a record was this big round piece of black vinyl that had these grooves in it that contained the music.

Anyway, the music was playing, and I had a sense of joy and wonder that I had never experience about anything prior to that.

It finally dawned on me that we were celebrating the One who died for me so I could go to heaven.

And the songs of Christmas took on a significance for me that I had never known before. Imagine that God used Gomer Pyle to help me appreciate Him more.

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