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Dear Friends,

As 2021 began, Idahoans believed we had reached the pinnacle of destruction in our communities and our children's lives from the worldwide pandemic. As a new administration took over in the nation's capital, it became clear that the agenda of big government was gleefully being seized by the new progressive movement in power. Across the nation, centuries of failed suffocating control is being held at bay by a small but powerful contingent of conservative local leaders and their determined citizens.

Today we have reason for celebration, as the biggest spending bill in our history has been defeated by cooler heads and a dose of reality. A single victory that will have an incalculable impact on our future. But the state of our world today leaves many feeling the frustration of injustice.

Many of you are warriors in the battle for our country, as well as the spirit of our people. Yet even the most dedicated warriors need a time of respite. At this most special time of the year, we should embrace our loved ones and cherish the birth of our Savior. There will be time ahead for the fight.

Christmas is intended to celebrate the greatest gift mankind ever received. Isaiah 7:14 says the Lord Himself will give you a sign. The virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and he shall be called Immanuel. John 1:14 says the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. 2nd Corinthians 9:15, Thanks be to God for his incredible Gift. Throughout the Word of God, the importance of this Gift is declared over and over.

In our everyday language, hope is a reflection of uncertainty, we hope something will happen, but we are not certain. To Christians, hope is a promise, a belief that God will do what He has said He would do.

So, as an Idahoan and as a Christian, I look forward with hope. The hope of those who have read the Book and know how the story ends. The hope of those who realize the true meaning of the Christmas season – Our Lord Jesus Christ.

With this understanding, we stand on the Hope, and that Hope will carry us. We celebrate the Gift, and that Gift will sustain us.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the McGeachin family.

Sincerely,

Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin
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