GUEST COMMENTARY: Remember past, remember to help others

2013-12-24T09:00:00Z 2014-07-30T19:08:03Z GUEST COMMENTARY: Remember past, remember to help othersBy Mike Pence nwitimes.com
December 24, 2013 9:00 am  • 

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, and that is especially true in the Hoosier state.

Ever since my youth, Christmas in Indiana has been magical to me, and it still is. It is a time of the year when my present pays special tribute to my past.

I cannot come to a Christmas Eve without spending some time thinking of my dad, gone now 25 years, or my grandparents, whose loving arms and twinkling eyes still light my memories.

Every family has their own traditions, but for the Pences, it will mean church and dinner on Christmas Eve with Karen’s side of the family and Christmas morning opening presents around the tree at the governor’s residence with our three college-age kids.

During this special time, we do well to remember that many across our state face this season with heartache. Some have lost a job, some have been out of work for a long time, some have lost a loved one, and others have a son or daughter serving our country in a distant land. For all of them, I pray they find hope, comfort and joy in this blessed season.

And as we enjoy our families, let’s find ways to share our blessings by being generous with our treasure and time. Let’s make an extra effort to support local charities as they provide for the needs of the most vulnerable within our communities.

And let’s remember to personally reach out to that neighbor who needs a helping hand or a word of encouragement. It may be just the gift someone needs most.

On behalf of our family, I wish you and yours a truly memorable holiday season. Merry Christmas, Indiana.

Mike Pence is Indiana's governor. The opinions are the writer's.

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