We have been very blessed this year, my wife and kids are healthy and happy and for that I am truly grateful. I deeply appreciate the support and words of encouragement you have provided through out the year. I have enjoyed writing this newsletter and representing you in Jefferson City is a humbling occupation.
Everyone knows the economic challenges we have faced the past two years and the looming budget cuts this coming session. The housing market is still soft and unemployment remains high, but we do have reason to be optimistic. Sales are up across the country and Missouri has had 9 straight months of job growth. I ask you to join me in using the power of positive thinking to help build confidence for the new year.
The year ends with welcomed new responsibilities and many opportunities for hard work. Tonight, on Christmas Eve, none of that matters much. My thoughts are with our armed service men and women stationed halfway across the globe in foreign lands most assuredly missing their loved ones. Here at home there are many families living in Kansas City who are struggling to make ends meet and tomorrow morning will serve as a reminder that love is still more powerful than material possessions. The true meaning of Christmas resides in the heart of mankind and no amount of distance or poverty can extinguish its spirit.
On a personal note, I would like to sincerely thank my legislative assistant Chase Waggoner for his three years of loyal service to the 45th district. Chase will be moving to another Representative closer to his home at the start of the next session. Please help me welcome my new assistant Ryan Burke who has some big shoes to fill and all the talent to do it.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. Below you will find the cartoon that I attach every year in hopes to remind each of us the simple beauty for the celebration.
Have a safe and happy holiday! Peace and prosperity for the new year!
Meaning of Christmas
Charlie Brown: Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?
Linus Van Pelt: Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 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. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward man.'"