Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Dear Generation Joshua Members and Friends,

It has been a wonderful year for Generation Joshua.  I am so blessed and honored to serve as the director of this program that has so many energetic and hard working young people!  My staff and I have seen thousands of young people like you – the future of America – all across the nation this year.  At teen tracks at homeschool conferences, at our iGovern summer camps, and on the campaign trail in Virginia.

As 2011 draws to a close and families come together to celebrate the holidays, let’s pause to remember the real reason for Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to the Virgin Mary a little more than 2,000 years ago.

Listen to what President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in his Christmas 1944 address, during the height of World War II:

“Here, at home, we will celebrate this Christmas Day in our traditional American way - because of its deep spiritual meaning to us; because the teachings of Christ are fundamental in our lives; and because we want our youngest generation to grow up knowing the significance of this tradition and the story of the coming of the immortal Prince of Peace and Good Will.”

I’m reminded of the words of the prophet Isaiah, when he wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end…” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

I’m so encouraged by those words from Holy Scripture.  Even if things sometimes look dark ahead, either in our personal lives or in our nation, Christmas is a wonderful time to remember the wonderful, everlasting light that springs forth anew because of Jesus’ birth.

And so, from all of us to all of you, Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Stay strong and courageous,

Will Estrada – Director
Joel Grewe – Deputy Director
Luke Mason – Program Administrator
Brady Kauk – Program Administrator
Demi Bardsley – Administrative Assistant
Glenn Bertsch – Staff Assistant
and Jeremiah Lorrig – GenJ Master Teacher

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