THE WACO WORD
TROY, OHIO. DECEMBER 1943
A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE I from WACO
r^ INCE we know of no better way to keep our
_.\ balance in times like these . • • than to go,
r^*J about our normal living as normally as we
?^v^ - possibly can . . . we would like to wish for you
a familiar and hearty "Merry Christmas".
This year many of you will be merry with some difficulty. However,* as Francis J. Spellman, the Arch¬ bishop of New York, has stated, "the joy of Christmas is a joy that war cannot kill, for it is the joy of the soul and the soul cannot die,
"Poverty cannot prevent the joy of Christmas, for it is a jo>' no earthly wealth can give. Time
cannot wither Christmas, for it belongs to eternity. And now the world cannot shatter it, for it is union with him who has overcome the world".
This is our third Christmas in World War Two. This season we have more to be merry about than we had on our first and second wartime Christmases. The first found us bewildered and unprepared; the second lonesome and facing possible defeat.
This, our third wartime Christmas, happily finds us nearer "Peace on earth, good will toward men".
May this prospect of an early peace be your most sacred treasure this Christmastide.