For over two centuries American Warriors have stepped onto the battle field to fight in numerous wars as defenders of PEACE. Our nation exists on the ideal that PEACE is achievable, and we will work toward that goal at all costs. While leading our nation through its most recent war, President George W. Bush proclaimed,

"America is a Nation with a mission - and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace - a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman...We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and Freedom will prevail." - George W. Bush

In the final week leading to Christmas the Advent celebration is PEACE. The song Hark the Heralds, Angels Sing has a wonderful lyric that reminds us of the only real PEACE we can experience: the PEACE God give us through this son, Jesus! The lyrics reads: "Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled."

The Christmas season reminds us that even though wars and battles will continue in the world around us we can find PEACE through God's gift of Jesus Christ. He has come to bridge the gap between sinful man and himself. "For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!" (Romans 5:10)

This Christmas, may you experience PEACE on earth from the God who loves you and brings you PEACE. Thank you for all you do keeping PEACE in our nation.

Merry Christmas!

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