This week, I would like to extend blessed holiday wishes to each and every one of you. I recognize that for many people this time of year is simply a time to gather with family and friends, regardless of religious heritage or practice. As a Christian, I celebrate this season because of the birth of Jesus Christ, who is my Lord and Savior.
But, even if you have a different belief – or no belief – I think there is something universal in the story of the birth of Christ for everyone.
First, it is the story of a new beginning and new hope. Even 2,000 years ago, the world was already a very old and tired place. While Roman power was at its height, it was in many ways a continuation of the same kinds of earthly power imposed on others for millennia.
When Christ was born, He was a very different King. He didn’t seek worldly glory or field an army. He worked and lived among people of all different backgrounds and proved His points by both teaching and living them.
One of the many lessons we can take from Christ’s example is this: it is not enough to call for having an honorable life; you have to truly act on the ideas and words you support. In my travels, I’ve met many such people. You have all changed our lives for the better, and because of you, we are much stronger together.
I believe that I have been blessed by God, and that all of you are a blessing to me as well. I wish you peace and all the best in this wonderful season, and a prosperous and joy-filled New Year.