Allen B. West

The everlasting gifts of Christmas

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Today I woke in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado and went on a nice trail run — not like running in South Florida, that’s for sure. But how blessed I am, as we all are, to live in this great Nation.

So today on Christmas, as we open up boxes which contain finite gifts that we shall one day cast aside, let us remember this day and the true everlasting gifts we can enjoy now and forever.

The gift of God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who was born to us this day in the town of Bethlehem. The gift that our Lord and Savior brought to us of everlasting peace for our soul and its salvation for eternity through His supreme sacrifice.

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This is a gift which is not wrapped up in a nice shiny wrapped box. It began in a simple manger and ended up hung there on a cross, a crucifix, which draws all Mankind unto it to break the chains of sinful bondage.

The beauty of this gift is that it is always there — one just has to accept it, and enjoy it for the rest of his or her life, here on earth and for eternity.

Will I be attacked for this message? Probably, but the gift I accepted back in January 1980 gives me a courage to stand and withstand.

There have been times when I forgot where I put this gift, but it is always there where I left it, waiting to be reclaimed. And God has so blessed me, and many of us, with the gift of a special title: American.

This is a gift that many have fought and died to secure. It is a gift for which many have left their homes, just as the Three Wise Men did in following the spectacular star, to follow the beacon of liberty and freedom that those of us born here, and thereby inherited this gift, sometimes take for granted.

So on this day, I thank God for the blessing of having given me two very special gifts as articulated in these words by George Washington, “To the distinguished character of patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”

Merry Christmas to all, and to my fellow Americans for whom, in Christ-like manner, I will sacrifice to preserve the gifts that God gave us, His Son, and the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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