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December 16, 2010

Dear Friends,

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As many of us are making preparations to celebrate Christmas this year, we should always reflect upon the true meaning of the season. As Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, I also am reminded of the important role of prayer and faith in the founding of our nation and throughout our history.

It was our second President, John Adams, who said, “It is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand.” Even today, our nation’s leaders must remain watchful and continue to protect those principles and defend our religious freedom.

Our national motto “In God We Trust” can be heard in the beautiful lyrics of the fourth verse of our national anthem and can be seen on our currency. Importantly, the Declaration of Independence definitively recognizes God, our Creator, as the source of our inalienable rights. Americans all over the nation speak of “one nation under God” in the recitation of our Pledge of Allegiance. In fact, the U.S. House of Representatives opens each day with that pledge and a prayer.

The power of prayer knows no bounds. It is a force which can unify many faiths, making us a more generous, more compassionate and more forgiving society than we might be otherwise. Just as Solomon prayed for wisdom, we, too, pray for wisdom. As Nehemiah re-built the wall of Jerusalem, we, too, must build a wall of prayer to undergird and strengthen this nation. As a Christian, I have always hoped to reflect my faith in decisions, made both personally and through my work in the House of Representatives.

The Congressional Prayer Caucus is a bipartisan organization that is committed to protecting our religious liberties and preserving the religious heritage that is woven into the fabric of our nation. If you would like more information about our work to preserve our religious heritage or if you or your church, fellowship, Sunday School class or prayer group would like to sign up for a five-minute period to join us in prayer, please go to the Congressional Prayer Caucus website at Please join me in praying for wisdom and for those in harm’s way this Christmas season and as we begin the new year. May God’s grace be with you always.

Merry Christmas and have a blessed new year!


U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre
Representing the 7th District of North Carolina

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