A few Christmas words…

■ Area Leg­is­la­tors asked to pen a few hol­i­day words on the fly….and they did

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - NEWS - May­lon Rice — May­lon Rice is a for­mer jour­nal­ist who worked for sev­eral north­west Arkansas pub­li­ca­tions. He can be reached via email at may­lon­[email protected]­hoo.com. The opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the au­thor.

Amid the hus­tle and bus­tle of the re­or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Arkansas State Se­nate and Arkansas House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives this past week, I called upon the mem­bers of the North­west Arkansas del­e­ga­tion for a quick writ­ing as­sign­ment.

“Give me a few Christmas words for the folks back home,” I wrote to each mem­ber in a quick email.

Their words, will not dis­ap­point, but re­ally charm you.

So here are some Christmas words from your lo­cal elected of­fi­cials.

If you do not see their names — well, they didn’t an­swer back. I wish for them a lump of coal in their stock­ing for not wish­ing you our read­ers a hol­i­day greet­ing.

State Rep. Robin Lund­strum, R-Spring­dale, of House District 87, in­cludes por­tions of western Spring­dale, ru­ral Wash­ing­ton and Ben­ton County and the City of Siloam Springs.

“May each of us slow­down dur­ing in this hec­tic time and learn to sa­vor this unique time and season. God’s great­est gift of his Son, was sent to us on this earth. Amid the solemn­ness of this season comes the an­nual re­unit­ing of friends and fam­ily, this is an in­deed pre­cious bonus each year. I want to thank the peo­ple of House District 87 for their sup­port of me in my re­cent re-elec­tion bid and their al­low­ing me to con­tinue serv­ing as an elected of­fi­cial for a pro­gram of good gov­ern­ment for all the cit­i­zens of Arkansas.

“From the Lund­strum house­hold, Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.”

State Sen. Jim Hen­dren, R-Gravette, Se­nate District 2, mostly parts of western Ben­ton and western Wash­ing­ton Coun­ties.

‘Tammy and I wish ev­ery­one a Merry Christmas. While we have so many things to be grate­ful (for), none is more im­por­tant than the gift of God send­ing his only Son to earth to re­deem us all. I hope we all pur­pose to show the same kind of love to­wards oth­ers that God showed to­ward us.”

“Let us use this time of season to reach out to those in need just as God reached out to us. Noth­ing makes Christmas more spe­cial than help­ing oth­ers.”

State Rep. Jana Della Rosa of House District 90, in the Rogers area wrote:

“To my neigh­bors: It has been an honor be­ing a voice for the cit­i­zens of House District 90 and across our great state. My thoughts and prayers are with you as we cel­e­brate the birth of our sav­ior, Je­sus Christ.”

“While this time of year is highly com­mer­cial­ized, let us not for­get the true mean­ing of this spe­cial oc­ca­sion. May you have a blessed and won­der­ful Christmas with fam­ily and friends.”

State Se­na­tor Ce­cile Bled­soe of Se­nate District 3 in the east­ern por­tion of Ben­ton County in the Rogers, Beaver Lake area and into Bella Vista.

“My fa­vorite Christmas words: Merry Christmas! Peace, joy and love to you and your fam­ily as we re­mem­ber the rea­son for the season!”

State Rep. Dan Dou­glas of House District 91, in the ru­ral Ben­tonville, Cen­ter­ton and Decatur area of Ben­ton County.

“Dur­ing this season of giv­ing, shar­ing with one an­other, and cel­e­brat­ing the birth of Je­sus, let us put aside con­flict and fo­cus on His good works. What a won­der­ful gift we have been given!”

“May we all re­mem­ber to have faith, to show com­pas­sion, and to help oth­ers. Af­ter all, in the season of light and joy, the great­est gift we can share is love. Merry Christmas to all!”

State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jim Dot­son, R-Ben­tonville of House District 93, wrote:

“Christmas is al­ways an in­cred­i­ble time of the year. Get­ting to­gether with fam­ily, eat­ing fa­vorite foods, and see­ing the joy on our children’s faces as they open their gifts. These things make a dad’s heart full. In the same way, please stop and take a mo­ment to re­flect on the Fa­ther heart of God, who de­lights in His gift to us, the rea­son for the season, His Son Je­sus. Merry Christmas!”

Merry Christmas ev­ery­one!

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