|The Messenger | 22 Dec 1918|
The minister wishes to convey his Christmas greetings to the members of the congregation. May this Christmas bring you joy. We have been thankful for victory, now with the Christmas song in our ears we think of the blessings of peace on earth and long for the reestablishment of good-will. No dream of prophet or seer ever excelled the ambition of statesmen today to establish a lasting peace and a League of Nations. One’s imagination fails to measure the possibilities of development that lie bound up with that dream—war no longer possible.
America has taken a leading part in making peace possible, her President is the leader of the other nations as they seek to realize their dreams. Let us support him as he endeavors to promote the Christian ideal in international relations.
In my interest in world politics I haven’t forgotten my parish nor you, my friends. I am grateful for the opportunity you have given me of having a part in war activity, and now with enthusiasm I look forward to this winter as one that shall mean much in the development of our church.
The Star of Bethlehem is the Star of human hope and glory. The Christian ideal has not failed; it is the only untried, program that remains, and men and nations are turning toward it and preparing to follow its rays.
God is not dead, nor doth He sleep!
The wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!