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2009-12-24 / General Stories

From the Mayor’s Desk

Christmas Message
by Robert Willrich, Sr.

Dear Fellow Citizens:

As we get ready to celebrate another Christmas, our country is facing serious challenges with rising crime, high unemployment, a growing public debt, and deteriorating moral standards. Many citizens may ask, “What can Christmas offer in the face of such problems?” Can the celebration of Christmas make our economic and social problems disappear? There will be many homes without a decent Christmas meal. Many parents will not be able to give their children the kinds of gifts that they desire. But, why is this so? Why have we lost faith in our society’s ability to care?

Perhaps we have lost faith because we have been deceived too many times. Our faith may become challenged when faced with economic uncertainties. Or, we have lost faith because criminals are taking over our communities.

Unfortunately, violence has become a staple in our daily lives. But, can our communities become filled with peace: Absolutely! We simply have to open our communities to Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Christmas can impact our lives beyond all the hardships we face. We can feel the true spirit of Christmas when we help those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Therefore, as we celebrate Christmas, let us remember our friends and our neighbors who are in need of our help. Let us extend God’s peace and goodwill to all our people. And let us give thanks to the Almighty God for His tender mercies.

As we look ahead to 2010, we envision change. Change that would bring hope; change that would bring peace; change that would bring unity; change for the good of this Federation; change that we all can believe in.

I wish you a joyful Christmas and God’s richest blessings in the New Year. A change is going to come!

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