Thursday, December 22, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Hope And Blessings

Christmas is a time of hope and blessings. But this year it will be punctuated with grief and sorrow in our home. This week, we paid our final respects to Carol's brother, Bill Hoke, who passed away after suffering a massive heart attack. His unexpected death was a stark reminder that our time on this earth is fleeting and that we may be called home at any moment. So cherish your time with friends and family this Christmas.

Carol and I do have the joy of looking forward to a new grandchild in the New Year. The addition to our family renews our commitment to "fight the good fight" for family, faith and freedom. The Scriptures teach us that children are a blessing from God. It has also been said that the birth of each new child is a sign that God has not yet given up on this world.

That was never more true than the night two thousand years ago when the Son of Man was born in Bethlehem; born to bring the hope of salvation and the blessing of eternal life. No headline, no sorrow of life should turn our hearts from the love of God and the greatest gift ever given!

When the Christ Child came into the world, his cry pierced the night and split all of human history in half. I cannot predict what will transpire in the weeks and months ahead, but I know that one day every head will bow and every knee will bend before the King of Kings. The final victory has been won. All that is required of us is that we choose life.

And thinking about the miracle of the virgin birth, each year I can't help but think of Christmas' unique role in the birth of America. It was on Christmas night in 1776 that General George Washington crossed the Delaware River in a daring surprise attack on the Hessian mercenaries. Washington's victory at the Battle of Trenton was a turning point in the American Revolution. Surely God was there, and I believe that the God of Abraham is with us still!

May each of you feel the presence and warmth of the Living Lord this season. As the anticipation of Christmas reaches a crescendo, may we not forget what defines the holiday -- the birth of Christ, God's gift to man, that whoever believes in Him shall have everlasting life.

Merry Christmas, my friends. And may each of you enjoy all of God's richest blessings in the year ahead.

NOTE: Our office will be closed tomorrow and Monday. The "End of Day" will resume Tuesday, December 27th.

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