Message from the Bush Foundation CEO
Merry Christmas from the George Bush Foundation.
had a wonderful holiday season here in College Station, which started
with the lighting of our Community Christmas Tree. If you were not able
to attend, we hope you will enjoy the video and photos from the event, and plan to join us next year.
the hustle and bustle of the season, I want to share with you a message
from President George Bush, written in December 1989, his first year
serving as President of the United States. May it remind us all of the
real reason that we celebrate Christmas, and inspire us to be "points of
light" in all that we do.
We hope that you have a holiday filled with boundless joy and many blessings.
Frederick D. McClure
Chief Executive Officer
George Bush Presidential Library Foundation
Message on the Observance of Christmas
President George Bush
December 18, 1989
the beautiful and holy season of Christmas, our hearts are filled with
the same wonder, gratitude, and joy that led the psalmist of old to ask,
``When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and
the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that Thou art mindful
of him? And the son of man, that Thou visitest him?'' At Christmas, we,
too, rejoice in the mystery of God's love for us -- love revealed
through the gift of Christ's birth.
Born into a family of a young
carpenter and his wife, in a stable shared by beasts of the field, our
Savior came to live among ordinary men. Yet, in time, the miraculous
nature of this simple event became clear. Christ's birth changed the
course of history, bringing the light of hope to a world dwelling in the
darkness of sin and death.
Today, nearly 2,000 years later, the
shining promise of that first Christmas continues to give our lives a
sense of peace and purpose. Our words and deeds, when guided by the
example of Christ's life, can help others share in the joy of man's
Redemption. During Christmas, we may symbolize this spirit of giving
through the exchange of presents, but it is daily acts of goodness and
generosity -- performed time and time again throughout the year -- that
hold the true meaning of this holy season. Every kind and selfless deed
we perform for others can rekindle in our hearts and in our communities
the light of that first Christmas.
As we gather with family and
friends this season, let us recall what our Savior's life means to the
world. Let us also rededicate ourselves to sharing the love that gives
greater meaning and joy to Christmas and to every moment of life.
Merry Christmas, and God bless you.