As we celebrate Christmas this week, I hope we are all able to take time and reflect on the true meaning of this holiday for all who celebrate it.
In the Christmas story as found in the book of Luke, an angel appears to a group of shepherds. Speaking to them, the angel says, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2: 10-11).
With the birth of Jesus came the fulfillment of God’s promise to all mankind. It also brought a renewed hope to all who would believe in Him. It truly is the greatest story ever told.
This season, it seems we could all use that hope more than ever. For me, I could not do my job or get through most days without my own faith. While people can let us down, I am thankful the source of my hope comes from my faith. I am also thankful to live in a country where we are all free to practice our faith, no matter what it might be.
This holiday season, let’s first remember those who wear our nation’s uniform to protect those freedoms — especially those separated from their own families. Let’s also keep their families in our prayers. We should also be thankful for our first responders and health care workers on the front lines who are all facing challenges like never before.
While our current troubles can often feel pretty bleak, it’s always important to remember that we have faced hard times before. From George Washington’s starving soldiers at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777, to the Civil War, to the Great Depression, Americans have always pulled through. In 2022, I am confident we can do so again by working together. Yet above all, I am confident and hopeful for the future because of the promise that was fulfilled on that first Christmas day.
From my family to yours, I wish each of you who celebrate, a very Merry Christmas. I also wish everyone a happy and healthy start to the New Year. I look forward to getting back to work on your behalf very soon and continuing to address the challenges we face. In the meantime, enjoy time with family and remember what’s most important — our faith, our families, and the blessings we enjoy living in this great country.