Rep. Watson: A Message Of Gratitude

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - by Rep. Eric Watson

Friends,

It is that special time of year once more; a time where loved ones gather together, folks reach out to old colleagues, and old friendships are rekindled. In this annual time of reflection, our thankful hearts should remember all that we are so fortunate to have in this world. Whether it is a roof over our head, food on our plates, or someone to love, all of us have been chosen to be here at this time in this place.

I would be remiss for not thanking you. It has been a special year here in Tennessee and I am grateful to know you and to serve our wonderful community. As we move forward in the holiday season, I want you to know I count it as a blessing to represent you. Please know I am always available to help you and your family. We live in a time of incredible fortune because the opportunity this nation affords each and every one of us. I’ve witnessed so much enthusiasm and passion for the greatness of America, I remain optimistic and confident that next year we will have even more to be thankful for.

Let me close with a few appropriate lines I thought I should share with you for Thanksgiving.

Colossians 3:12-15 Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against Above all, put on love—the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful.

With warmest regards,

Rep. Eric Watson



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