Sen. Dave Schatz’s Legislative Column for Dec. 19, 2018

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Celebrating the Christmas Season

If your to-do list is anything like mine, it’s obvious the Christmas season has arrived. Since Thanksgiving, my weekends have almost exclusively been spent unpacking decorations, endlessly browsing for gifts and jumping between family gatherings and office celebrations. Despite the hustle and bustle we create for ourselves, I’m incredibly thankful for the meaning at the heart of Christmas—the gifts of salvation, of generosity and of hope for the future. The classic hymn “O’ Holy Night” perfectly reflects this sentiment:

…Long lay the world in sin and error pining

Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices

For yonder breaks a new glorious morn…

It’s a great privilege to serve you; even more so in 2019 as I take over the role of president pro-tem of the Missouri Senate. I am honored to serve in this capacity, and I look forward to working with my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to strengthen our state and lay the groundwork for a positive, prosperous future.

As I reflect on the past year and look toward the blessings of the new, I am humbly reminded of the trust placed in me by the citizens of the 26th Senatorial District. From the beginning of my time in Jefferson City, I have always strived to represent your views and concerns in the State Capitol. While I am looking forward to serving as president pro tem, my staff and I will continue to be generous with our time and resources—if you have comments, questions or need assistance with your state government, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.