The True Meaning of Christmas

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Column for Dec. 18, 2015
The True Meaning of Christmas

It’s that familiar time of year, where I can look around and see so many things that fill my heart with gladness and fond memories. The Christmas tree, shimmering with lights, the stockings above the mantelpiece, and decorations on the front lawn recall the years past and the wonderful times I’ve had with my loved ones gathered close around me. However, this holiday season will also be a very difficult one for me and my family as it is our first Christmas without my father since he passed away just over a month ago.

I want to use this week’s column to let you all know how very thankful I am for my family, friends and District 33 neighbors who have offered so much support and love during this time. The countless calls, cards, thoughts and prayers over the past month have helped me and my family immensely. It means so much to me to have made so many friends throughout the eight counties I represent who have helped my family get through this trying time. The true value of the Christmas season is about enjoying the love in your life and spending time with those who fill your life with happiness, and this season I appreciate that more than ever.

The past month-and-a-half has not been easy, but all the love and support my family has received from you means more than I can say. I can’t fully express my gratitude for all you have done, and hope you can take the time this Christmas to stop and appreciate the love in your life, as I have. As you spend time with your friends and family this week, please remember how lucky you are to be surrounded with so much love. Even though my father will be missed, and Christmas will never again be the same as it was, I am thankful for all the kindness and all the memories he shared with us over the years, and know he will be with us in spirit.

Use this week to express your thankfulness for your family, rejoice in your faith and remember the sacrifice our Lord Jesus made so that we might enjoy our time on earth with the people around us. I pray that you remember those less-fortunate than yourself this season and say a prayer for our servicemen and women overseas as they spend Christmas apart from their families.

Thank you, again, for all your love, and I wish you all a safe and blessed Christmas season.

As always, I appreciate it when groups from around Missouri and from our community back home come to visit me at the Capitol. If you would like to arrange a time to come and visit me in Jefferson City, or if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my Capitol office at (573) 751-1882.