In the Broadway musical, Mame, the cast sings We Need a Little Christmas as they struggle through the 1929 Depression.

Today, we are struggling as a nation to survive the Depression of 2021 — a divided nation politically, philosophically, emotionally with a see-saw economy. We are waging war on terrorists on foreign soil with no long-term success. Our city streets and neighborhoods are battlegrounds for home-bred violence. And we are fighting a new enemy, COVID-19, at home and world-wide.

We Need a Lot of Christmas to counteract these tragic and demanding challenges. We need the true meaning of Christmas to inspire us as individuals, to unite us as a nation. We can maintain our free spirit, our independence and still come together if we embrace Jesus’ teachings and the key point of our Constitution and the Emancipation Proclamation — simply that all men and women are equal in the sight of God…all races, all faiths and non-faiths, all ethnic backgrounds, all occupations and careers, rich and poor, all sizes and shapes, all political alliances — Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Socialists and many more, often untitled.

In Jesus’ time, it was the Hebrews, the Romans, the Egyptians, the Pharisees, the Philistines, the Samaritans. Jesus accepted all, broke bread with them, loved them and gave his life for them and for us.

We do need a lot of Christmas. I pray to God that this Christmas 2021 brings us all a new understanding of our rights and obligations as human beings…that we find the true meaning of Christmas — Jesus Christ our savior.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year full of hope, faith, charity, love and peace for all.

God bless,
WVD

President@StBarnabasHealthSystem.com

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