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"Dear Brother:

This will probably reach you shortly before the Christmas services begin. There is a high and solemn privilege about preaching on the mystery and mercy of the Incarnation which, I am sure, our pastors feel more deeply than anyone else in the world. On Christmas Eve I like to spend a few moments in visualizing the churches I have seen these twenty-five years — the lighted candles, the hurrying people, the happy greetings — and above all the sermon from our Lutheran pulpits, unique in the modern world, setting forth without sentimentality and without doubt the fact of the coming of the Son of God for our redemption. May our infant Savior be with you at that hour!"