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2004 Christmas Message

It seems that 2005 began with the aftermath of the devastating Asian Tsunami, and then deteriorated.

The heart wrenching start to 2005 was followed by a series of cowardly suicide attacks around the world. The destruction and devastation caused by those acts of cowards was punctuated by natural disasters, hurricanes, and earth quakes leaving many people homeless, hopeless, and destitute.

Whenever we turn on the television we are bombarded with images of war, famine, genocide, and exploitation. The morally bankrupt Global Conglomerates seem to be thriving again, whilst honest, hard working small businessmen continue to struggle.

Someone commented to me the other day that there does not seem to be any good news anymore, but there is good news. The media, for the most part, refuses to show good news to us. The media will tell us that we only want to watch bad news, but the only reason why we want to watch bad news, is because the media has told us that we only want to watch bad news. The truth is that the media can sensationalize bad news but the media cannot sensationalize good news.

I have been traveling for several months now, and I have seen good news, acts of kindness, and demonstrations of love, wherever I have traveled. The good news may seldom be on television sets, but good news is on every street corner, in every country of the world. We need only look and we will see good news all around us.

It is very easy for us to focus upon and feed the bad news, but we need to focus upon and feed whatever good news we find, and then the good news will grow. It is also easy to see this as a time of hopelessness and despair. However, we are in the midst of a time of hope and faith.

There is a very important gift which we can give ourselves this Christmas, the gift of faith. We need to have faith in God and in man, which means faith in ourselves, because we are man. This Christmas we need to have faith and believe in ourselves.

Remember, God is in the hearts of men, so to serve man is to serve God.

On Christmas eve, or Christmas morning, take a moment to take a long hard look in the mirror, see who you truly are, not who you pretend to be .

Say to yourself, with feeling… ‘All I want for Christmas, is you.”


I don't want a lot for Christmas
There's just one thing I need

I don't care about presents
Underneath the Christmas tree

I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know

Make my wish come true...
All I want for Christmas
Is you...
Written by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff

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