The spirit of Christmas; a message from Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal

Published 11:38 am Thursday, December 15, 2022

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In the midst of the Christmas season, it is always a blessing to enjoy the spirit of Christmas.  For Christians, the season is a celebration as recorded in the New Testament gospels and as foretold by the prophet Isaiah. For others, it is a celebration of joy and thanksgiving. For all, it is a season defined by a spirit of love, light, hope, peace and joyfulness.

Christmas is a time to give and receive. While receiving is always fun, giving is even more fun.  Giving brings the giver satisfaction, fulfillment and joy, especially watching children open presents resulting in smiles, laughter, hugs and happiness.

The Christmas season has been described as the happiest season of all, and indeed it usually is.

It may be happy because of loved ones with whom we are surrounded.  It may be happy because of memories of those who have gone on before us. It may be happy for a variety of reasons.  Whatever that reason may be, it generally is a happy season for men and women, boys and girls, regardless of age.

It is in the spirit of Christmas that I offer my sincere gratitude to some very special people.

I am grateful for the wonderful staff  of your Sheriff’s Office, each of whom work hard each day to serve the citizens of our parish. Their unselfish devotion pays dividends for all.  I am grateful for their sacrifices, knowing that some of them will be working to keep the rest of us safe while we enjoy family and friends on Christmas Day.  Thank you, staff, for your service to the citizens of Washington Parish.

I am grateful for the citizens of our parish who support us as we work together to make Washington Parish a great place to live.  As your Sheriff, I try always to do the right thing for you at the right time and for the right reason. You expect no less and you deserve no less. Thank you for all you do in support of your Sheriff’s Office.

I am grateful for the pastors and churches of Washington Parish for reminding us of the true reason for the celebration of this special holiday as they proclaim good news to all.

Following quickly after the Christmas season is our celebration of the beginning of 2023.  New Year’s Eve and the days around the holiday are times of celebration, parties and often the consumption of alcohol.  I hope all persons who celebrate the holiday with alcohol will do so responsibly.  If you do celebrate with alcohol, don’t drink and drive. Always use a designated driver. If you travel during the holidays, drive safely.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I look forward to continue serving you in 2023 and the years following.

Randy “Country” Seal