Major KellyWe sing the popular carol “Good King Wenceslas” every Christmas season, but rarely do we take a moment to consider its meaning. Especially the line about a poor man “gath’ring winter fuel,” prompting the good king to ask his page, “Yonder peasant, who is he?”

The king decides to take care of this homeless man. He travels through wind and snow and bitter cold to find the man, determined to give him food, warmth, and shelter.

This is the message of Christmas! And it is clearly the beat of your heart, as well, made obvious by your compassion and care for the hurting and hungry. Thank you for sharing the joy of the season with struggling neighbors — like those featured in this newsletter — who are in desperate need of hope.Volunteer

That popular carol ends with these two lines:

Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing

For many hurting souls, you are like Good King Wenceslas, reaching out, even through the wind, snow, and cold, with care and compassion — at Christmas, and all year-round. Thank you, and God bless you!

Major David E. Kelly, Massachusetts Divisional Commander

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