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December 22, 2008

My First Christmas at Toccoa Falls

CHRISTMAS EVE WAS the wedding anniversary of Dr. and Mrs. Forrest. Every year they came down from their home on the hill and ate supper with the students, staff, and faculty who remained on campus during the holidays.

After we had eaten and had a time of devotions with Dr. Forrest, gifts were distributed and the Forrests would return home. As a student, I thought the evening was over, and I could return to an empty dormitory and a cold bed and feel sorry for myself. But thankfully some of the single staff members organized a caroling.

We met at the chapel and were each given a candle. After our candles were lit,we climbed a path straight up the hill to Forrest Cottage. Every time I took a step the single candle I held lit enough space for me to take the next step. I didn’t stumble; I didn’t fall, because the light was sufficient for each step.

I thought of the single star that led some wise men to the Christ child, whose coming changed the course of history. If one star could do that, imagine if each of our lives were a light to someone else. I reaffirmed a commitment I had made that, whatever came, or whether I could remain in school or not, I was going to let my light shine.

I returned to my dorm, and I knew I had had a tremendous spiritual experience. Only eternity will tell if my light was bright enough to lead someone else to see Christ.

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

(Excerpt from Toccoa Falls News, Spring 1989)

By Rev. Troy Damron (1915-1989) Toccoa, Georgia, TFC Alumnus, TFC Faculty and Administrator. Taken from the book: Leaves From the Tree God Planted © 2006 by Toccoa Falls College, p. 66-67)

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