Nebraska’s outgoing and incoming governors have both issued Christmas Holiday Messages. Pete Ricketts gives way to Jim Pillen on January 6th,
In his final Christmas Message, Ricketts wrote
“It was over two millennia ago when an angel shared the good news with a group of shepherds: That on that silent night in a small town in Israel, the savior of our world was born. And the heavenly hosts marked that joyous occasion by singing, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’”
“I hope that you have the chance to gather with your family and loved ones to join in that same celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. And as you do, I’d encourage you to remember those who preserve that “peace on earth” the angels spoke of: The brave men and women of our Armed Forces.”
“We recognize that many of them won’t be home for Christmas. It’s their vigilance that ensures we can safely enjoy ours. We’re grateful for their sacrifice — and we pray daily for their safe return. Susanne, the kids, and I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and joyous holiday season. If you’re traveling this week, please drive safely and buckle up.”
A video of Pillen’s message can be viewed here.
“For all Nebraskans, we have a lot of faith, hope, and joy for the Advent season. We live in the greatest place in the world. From Omaha to Harrison, we’ve been blessed with a unique, abundant, and beautiful land that has created unprecedented wealth and opportunity for thousands of families.”
“Christmastime is a chance for us to count all our blessings, but especially our greatest blessing of all: the gift of Jesus Christ. Over 2000 years ago in a manger in Bethlehem, a child was born.
God sent His Son, who humbled Himself by becoming man – to live, to suffer, to die, to save us. This season reminds us that the greatest things in life are not money or power. The greatest thing in life is Love. Love conquers all.”
“This season, I challenge you all to show Love to those around you. Volunteer at a local homeless shelter, reach out to a single mother who is struggling to buy a gift for her daughter, or help mentor a young student falling behind in reading.”
“Together, we can face a challenging and uncertain future. Together, we can show Good Will towards our friends and neighbors. Together, we can lift each other up and together, with the help of God, build a better future for Nebraska. God bless you all and have a Merry Christmas.”