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Sen. Crapo: Service to Others a Christmas Blessing


By    |   Thursday, 24 Dec 2015 07:53 AM

Christmas is a time to recognize the importance of service to others, Sen. Mike Crapo said in the GOP's Christmas address, offering gratitude to first responders, law enforcement officers, members of the military and all others who serve their communities and country.

“This season is a time to gather with loved ones and celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ," the Iowa Republican said. "An important part of Christmas is remembering our Father’s love. God loved us so very much that He sent His Son to earth so that we may better understand that love."

As Americans love and care for their families and strive to protect them, "we can start to grasp the magnitude of God’s love and reflect it not only throughout the Christmas season, but also every day. For many families, this time of year is when children learn charity and service to others, and realize that giving to others, is always more important than receiving."

The season is observed with many traditions for those of different faiths and those choosing not to observe a higher power, he continued, but it is also a reminder of one of the greatest Constitutional powers, the freedom of religion.

"Many families spend the holidays volunteering to serve others in our communities," Crapo said. "The diversity of our celebration is part of the magic of Christmas. It brings people together in so many different ways, especially in service to others.

Many Americans are devoting countless hours to ease others' burdens, he continued, and are setting lasting examples.

"Acts as seemingly small as caring words or holding a door generate a current of kindness," he said. "Thank you, for the love and kindness you share."

This year, Americans have witnessed real threats from abroad and at home, said Crapo, but still, "men and women still selflessly volunteer themselves to defend families, neighbors, communities and our nation."

"Thank you, to all our first responders and law enforcement officers who serve in the face of evil, Crapo said, "and to the men and women of our military, many of whom are far from home right now missing their families and the joys of this holiday season, we thank you. Your sacrifice and dedication to your country is a debt we can never fully repay."

Terrorist attacks and the struggles of millions across the country are a reminder that Americans' can't take their well-being for granted, Crapo said.

“We live in a beautiful world with some very dark corners," he concluded. "I pray that more light can be shed into the dark corners throughout this Christmas season and the year ahead and that God’s love can be felt and reflected in every corner of our hearts, of our country and the world. God bless you all and Merry Christmas.”

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