Holiday greetings celebrate faith-based Christmas message

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Our hearts are full this holiday season as we pause and reflect during a most sacred season of the year.
It’s Christmas, a time to celebrate the greatest gift of all, the one we received so very long ago with the birth of the Christ child. We celebrate that gift of life and hope with a heartfelt prayer.
Amidst all the holiday cheer, gift exchanges and special gatherings, we hope there is time in all of our busy lives to focus on the true Christmas message.
No longer just a Christian day of celebration, Christmas and its themes of peace and goodwill toward men have crossed all religious boundaries. Those who profess a wide variety of religious beliefs, and even those who do not believe in a higher power, have come to celebrate Christmas in some form or fashion.
So often in today’s world, and especially now in our nation’s capital, we focus on our differences. This is a time, perhaps more than any other, that mankind focuses more on its common bonds. It’s a day that brings families, friends and even strangers together in a spirit of peace, if only for a short period of time. It also is a day of sadness, especially for those who feel alone.
Christmas has the unique power to make people think about one another, even those outside their normal circle of influence. There is a spirit in all of us that is magnified by this one special day, which in and of itself is pretty incredible.
What a precious gift of perspective we’ve been given.
Long before we’ll gather around the Christmas tree to exchange gifts, an array of colorful cards and letters start arriving from friends and family, filled with photos, summaries of the year that was 2019 and genuine holiday greetings. It’s a highlight of the season for me, so it is in that spirit the News-Register staff offers this week’s edition as a giant Christmas card to the community, from the community.
Merry Christmas, one and all!
Kurt Johnson

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