In a short message published in the inaugural email of the Alaska Republican Party Report, Gov. Mike Dunleavy focused his Christmas reflections on faith and family, urging Alaskans to follow in the footsteps of Christ.

“This month, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, who came to guide us into the way of peace and goodwill among men,” Dunleavy stated. “Let us remember to model His behavior in our lives, this season and always.”

Dunleavy also asked Alaskans to remember those in the armed forces and their families.

“This is also the time of year when we gather with our families and friends to enjoy the holidays,” he said. “While we celebrate, let us remember those in the military, at home, and overseas, who sacrifice by being away from their families in order to serve our great country. After all, our ability to exercise our faith freely is largely the result of those who have made such sacrifices throughout our history to preserve the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.”

Dunleavy concluded his message by quoting from President Reagan’s 1981 Christmas address: “On Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Christ with prayer, feasting, and great merriment. But, most of all, we experience it in our hearts. For, more than just a day, Christmas is a state of mind. It is found throughout the year whenever faith overcomes doubt, hope conquers despair, and love triumphs over hate. It is present when men of any creed bring love and understanding to the hearts of their fellow man.”

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Gov. Dunleavy’s Christmas messages urges Alaskans to follow Christ’s example

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.