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"My dear Brother:

This will probably reach you together with your Christmas mail. I hope it will not be lost because I should like to join your friends in wishing you a very blessed and joyous Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Good Friday, and Easter morning the preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the happiest man in the world. Committed to his heart and lips is the message of the Grace of God in Jesus Christ. It has often seemed to me that especially at the season of the Nativity of our Lord it is a good idea for a preacher to "let God be God" more strictly than ever before — let God speak in the Christmas lessons — let Him talk to the heart of the twentieth century in the Christmas hymns — let Him haunt our forgetful age with the age-old story of the Word made flesh. I wish you much strength and joy for your Christmas messages this year."