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Merry Christmas! ~ Sam and Family

Sam, Jana and JanulikChristmas in Slovakia 2010

Sam, Jana and Janulik
Christmas in Slovakia 2010

Merry Christmas!

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Dear Friends,

Jana, Janulik and I are wishing you all a very merry Christmas!

May your friends and families realize the joy, love and peace of God during this season, and may we all dedicate our lives anew to enlisting in God’s army of peacemakers around the world.

Our gift to you: Take a few minutes to enjoy this contemporary arrangement of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”

My work here in the Middle East, in the field of religious reconciliation and Middle East peace continues. This morning I was thinking about all the new friendships I’ve made while being here. I thank God for all these new friends from so many different nations–Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Palestine, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Indonesian, the Philippines, China, Pakistan, Bahrain, Iran, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and, of course, Saudi Arabia. I’ve learned a lot about all the different cultures and faiths here and in other parts of the world, and they are learning about America through me.

All of our peoples face difficult challenges today. There is so much political and economic unrest, but we do not live as those who have no hope!

During the next few days, I hope to join Jana and Janulik in the Carpathian Alps of northern Slovakia for a very white Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Pray that this will be possible.

Despite international wars  and conflicts, and despite the tragic gun violence in our own beloved America, we must not lose heart. As we celebrate Jesus’ birth, let us rededicate our lives to the peace work God has commisioned us to do.

To our Jewish, Muslim and Christian friends in America and around the world, we love you, and we thank you for your prayers, correspondence and encouragement during the past year!

May God’s perfect peace be ever present with you and yours!

Sam Shropshire

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December 24, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Merry Christmas Sam. You’re my hero. Keep up the good fight.

    Comment by Anomaly100 | December 24, 2012 | Reply

  2. Merry Christmas ! Good health for you in the new year, and for all good Americans!

    Comment by will | December 27, 2012 | Reply


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