What a great and terrible year. Great and monumental strides have been made for peace and freedom on earth and goodwill towards men. Although there is a long way to go, the momentum seems to be in the right direction. This is Christmas, the time to honor the advent of the birth of the Prince of Peace, in paradox also called himself the "God of War," for He pitted himself against the Evil One from the very beginning to do the will of the Father, which is the way of everlasting peace.
I believe we have done well to follow suit. Evil is real. Many of you, my friends, have fought back by showing myself and the soldiers here true examples of love, hope, and passion in support of lofty goals. Paul said, "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Our Christian nation has prayed for and supported those that press themselves against the dragon's teeth here in Iraq and other places. But this is not all. Children, Grandmothers, souls of all kinds and colors continue to send care packages, gifts for Iraqi children, Kevlar (bulletproof) blankets, air-conditioners, and everything imaginable that might help.
I know this has made a difference. I know prayers are being answered by miracles and a miraculous change in the hearts of many Iraqis. I want to thank all of you who have not only sent kind greetings this Christmas, but all year long. I am very grateful for your kind words and messages of support, they have helped sustain me and lifted my soul. I feel the love which is perhaps at the very foundation of the meaning of Christmas. God bless you all and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!