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“Peace on earth!,” the angels said, and we sing it still — even as our world is in turmoil.  For encouragement, I urge you to read the words of the Christmas carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”

Written by abolitionist (Republican) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on Christmas Day in 1863, when his son was seriously wounded in the Civil War, the words of the final stanza give us hope even now:

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!

And thought how, as the day had come, the belfries of all Christendom
had rolled along the unbroken song
of peace on earth, good-will to men!

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!”

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.”

Prayerfully claiming these words for 2016!

Merry Christmas,

Susan Hutchison
Chairman, Washington State Republican Party

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