Let there be peace on earth

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 23, 2002

&uot;And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

&uot;(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

&uot;And all went to be taxed, everyone to his own city.

&uot;And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and linage of David).

&uot;To be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great withchild.

&uot;And so it was that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

&uot;And she brought forth her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

&uot;And there were in the same country, shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

&uot;And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them and they were sore afraid.

&uot;And the angel said unto them, &uot;Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

&uot;For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

&uot;And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

&uot;And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts praising God, and saying,

&uot;Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men.&uot;

&045; Luke 2:1-14

As we enter the upcoming year &045; one that’s sure to be filled with trials and tribulations for our country &045; we pray that the United States will be successful in its efforts to fight terrorism at all levels, a success that will one day ensure that there will be Peace on Earth