The past year has entailed profound challenges –  sickness, death, oppressive mandates, forced firings, destructive ideologies that undermine human sexuality and identity, fresh attacks on traditional American values and parental rights, old and emerging threats to unborn babies, and medical-inspired divisions within our homes, churches and nation.

The world is suffering. Yet, amid these struggles, bright and heroic lights have pierced the darkness.

As we close out 2021, we give thanks:

To tireless pro-life advocates who continued to serve pregnant women in need,

To the rare political advocates of the unborn who were willing to cross hairs with the mainstream media and even their own political party to fight for the dignity of unborn babies,

To friends, family and neighbors who took time to check in on the elderly, infirm and homebound,

To pastors who kept houses of worship open, knowing that if praise to God is not essential, nothing is,

To doctors and nurses who were willing to endure media backlash and character assassination in order to offer critical early medical treatments for COVID,

To moms and dads who rearranged their lives, tightened their belts and boldly embraced homeschooling or private education in order to ensure their children could receive an education worthy of the name,

To those still willing to fight for public education despite overwhelming opposition from entrenched forces that want nothing to do with parental input or traditional values,

To soldiers, federal workers and many other employees who were willing to stand on principle and resist unjust COVID mandates,

To the spouses who supported them, despite great uncertainty,

To the growing number of citizens who set aside, time, energy and resources to resist destructive and divisive ideologies regarding race, human sexuality and American history,

To those who realize that we must not let our divisions tear asunder the fabric of family and friendship,

To all of you, we extend our profound gratitude. It is an honor to tell your stories, support your efforts and stand along side you in the work that lies ahead.

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Here’s to Alaska’s heroic lights of 2021

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.