The Washington Times-Herald

Our Perspective

December 24, 2011

A time to remember, a time to reflect

WASHINGTON — It’s that time of year again. Time to remember the greatest gift ever given to the world. To remember the message brought to life more than 2,000 years ago, as we celebrate the birth of a very special person.

In a world torn by strife, we can take this time to remember the one who brought a message of love.

Some have forgotten that love of neighbor is one of the Christ Child’s main messages. He doesn’t tell us which neighbor. How close they must live or what sex, religion or ethnic background they must have. A neighbor is a neighbor, and the greatest Gift said to love them as we love ourselves.

If only our world leaders would take those words to heart, this might be a better world. We can only pray that this Christmas proves to be the exception and the words of more than two centuries ago will find new meaning in our modern civilization, bringing peace and joy to all those suffering around the world.

While many choose to wage war in the name of religion, may we look to the message of Christmas and the peace it extols to bring us a different world of neighbor loving neighbor. Of respect for all the everyday rather than the exception. Of thinking of other first and ourselves second.

It’s a message we can all live if we try and what better time to try than this Christmas.

In our own country we should remember a nation divided among itself cannot stand and our nation must resist the idea of division by race, religion or finances. Putting down another person doesn’t build ourselves up, but respect for others does.

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy (and safe) New Year.

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