Holidays: a time of reflection
By: By Sen. Lamar Alexander
The holidays are upon us, and I hope they are providing a time of peace and happiness for you and your loved ones.
As we enter this traditional time of giving and celebrate the joys of the season, I want to encourage Tennesseans to be mindful of those who are less fortunate.
For some Tennesseans this winter, finding a warm place to sleep is crucial for survival.
Volunteers at shelters, soup kitchens, and other civic and religious groups will be working during the holidays to provide food, clothing and shelter for those in our communities who need help the most.
Toy drives that provide presents for less fortunate children brighten their spirits and often renew hope. Everyday, these programs are helping Tennesseans. They truly exemplify our state’s spirit of volunteerism.
We should do all we can to give them our support.
Our military families also need our support.
As we gather together with family and friends this season and reflect on our many blessings, I hope you’ll join me in remembering those missing at the holiday dinner tables of our military families.
Even if our own table doesn’t have a missing spot, we know a neighbor or a friend whose husband, wife, brother, sister or child is away fighting to keep us safe at home.
Our men and women of the Armed Forces, Reserves and National Guard – including thousands of Tennesseans – continue to serve in the fight against terrorism.
Many are sacrificing the hope of being with family and friends for the holidays and instead are defending freedom in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world.
No time of year reminds us more of loved ones who are away than the holidays. It is an emotional time. We are truly indebted to the service and sacrifice of these brave men and women. They are especially in our thoughts and prayers this holiday season.
As we look forward to 2008, I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to serve you in the United States Senate.
It is an honor and a privilege to represent Tennesseans during this serious time for our nation. It has been a priority for me and my staff to be responsive to you. We know who we work for, and we know why we’re here – to serve you.
After almost five years in office, I assure you that I am still committed to being an ambassador from Tennessee to Washington and not the other way around.
I appreciate hearing from you through letters, e-mails and phone calls.
When the second session of the 110th Congress convenes in January, I will continue to keep you updated on the issues that matter to you.
I wish all Tennesseans and Americans safe and happy holidays.
We are truly blessed with the many gifts we share as a free nation.