Merry Christmas!

Roland C. Warren
2021-12-24

Dear Jerome,

Merry Christmas!

A famous Christmas poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow reads:

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Like Longfellow, I hear the sound of children singing, carols playing, and can feel the excitement in the air. I am filled with joy! Yet, in the midst of the Christmas cheer, I also feel a profound sadness. It is hard for me to not feel sad, even on a joyful day like today, when I think of the women and men scarred by abortion, their unborn children unable to see the light of a Christmas morning.

And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Yet, we know that this sadness is a passing thing. Though abortionists continue their march of death, Christmas is the declaration that the King of Kings is born, that heaven and earth have met, that righteousness and peace have kissed, and that injustice, wrong, and wickedness will not prevail. As we await the Court's decision that could end Roe v. Wade, we can rest in the promise that death has been defeated. That peace has come and is still coming to broken lives, homes, and communities through people transformed by the love of Jesus.

As Longfellow wrote,

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."

So, Jerome, I pray that God blesses you and your family with the joy that comes from the life-affirming work that you are making possible, the overwhelming knowledge that the, "light has shone into the darkness and the darkness was unable to overcome it." May the unquenchable light of Christ's presence fill your heart and home as you celebrate His good gifts.

Thank you for all the ways you share that light with your community and for standing in the gap for women, men, and their unborn children. Despite a global pandemic, political unrest, and countless difficulties we've faced the last year, 63,000 babies are celebrating Christmas the first time today because of you.

Your life is, in the words of the poem:

A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Merry Christmas,
Roland

Roland C. Warren
President & CEO
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