A Christmas Message from Dave|
(Monday, December 24, 2001 - 13:21 EST)
A hearty "Merry Christmas" to all our readers, with a nod to the forces of political correctness thrown in for good measure...
From everyone at the Imaging Resource, and most particularly from the Etchells family (for this really is very much a family business), our very best wishes for a truly joyous and blessed Christmas season! Our special thoughts and prayers go out to victims of the atrocities of September 11, who will be experiencing a holiday season this Christmas without loved ones for the first time. We also remember in our prayers the men and women of our armed forces, many of whom are celebrating Christmas far from home and family, in the service of our country. - Not only in the current hot spot of Afghanistan, but at bases around the world, where their vigilance and dedication in the face of often boring routine are yet another price of freedom. Thank you for your service to us!
It's a sign of the times too, that even simple Christmas wishes these days need explanation and defense in some quarters. I was reading in the paper this morning that some municipalities in the US have gone so far as to forbid city/county/state employees from wishing anyone a Merry Christmas, lest non-Christians be offended.
Have we fallen so far, that simple good wishes at a special time of year might offend those for whom it isn't special? I'm a Christian, believe in one true God, and in salvation and relationship with him through Jesus Christ, but don't by any means deny you the right to believe otherwise. - And if you'd like to extend to me good wishes during Hannukah, Ramadan, or other special time of year according to your own faith, I'll certainly welcome them. Differences in beliefs need not imply disrespect, here's hoping that we as a society can recognize and embrace that. (Of course, if your belief requires you to be offended, I have to respect that too. ;-)