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Peace on earth, good will towards men.

It is a phrase often used, but do we really understand what it means? To many of us, it is the message we inscribe in our holiday cards to friends and loved ones. The origin of this verse however, can be found not in the offices of Hallmark, but instead in the story of the birth of Christ.

The Christmas Miracle began when the angel Gabriel delivered to Mary the joyous news that a child would be born, and this child would be named Jesus. Though his life began in a simple manger in a stable, the Messiah would go on to change the world. Nearby, while shepherds tended their flocks in the night, an angel appeared. To them the angel said, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy…. Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace, good will towards men.” 

It is this good will that we see around us every day. In the First District, many organizations are changing lives in our community by providing assistance in the form of food, clothing, child care, job training, and much more. Along with other Fredericksburg residents, I personally had the honor of laying handmade wreaths on veterans’ graves to pay tribute to their service. During the Christmas season, it is important to remember the men and women of our armed forces who will not be home with their families, but instead, are working tirelessly to achieve peace on this earth. Though at times, especially now, we see both a nation and a world divided, we must always recognize the good will that surrounds us.

As another year closes, I come to you with good news that will cause great joy. A message of hope for the future: that our best and brightest days are ahead! Come let us adore Him on this Christmas Day, remembering what truly brings us all together: the joy brought by the birth of Christ and a renewed sense of hope. To our troops overseas, our men and women in uniform, and to you and your family, I wish you all a Merry Christmas!


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