Christmas Greetings

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

In 1870, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a law that made Christmas Day a federal holiday.  The holiday observes the birth of Jesus Christ.  Some years ago, I came across a beautiful essay titled "One Solitary Life."  Try as I may, I haven't been able to find the original source of the piece, and the author is always given as "Anonymous."  As a Christmas present to my family, friends and valued clients, here's a copy of the composition: 

"He was born in an obscure village.  He worked in a carpenter's shop until He was thirty and for three years He was an itinerant preacher.  He never wrote a book.  He never held an office.  He never owned a home.  He never had a family.  He never went to college.  He never traveled 200 miles from the place He was born.  He never did one of the things that accompany our ideas of greatness.

"While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against Him.  His friends ran away.  Some of them denied Him.  He was turned over to His enemies.  He went through the mockery of a trial.  He was nailed to a cross between two thieves.  While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only property He owned -- His coat.  When He was dead, He was taken down and buried in a borrowed grave.

"Almost twenty centuries have come and gone and today He is the central figure of the human race.  All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built, all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have never affected the life of man upon earth as powerfully as that one solitary life."

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