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To the mothers and fathers of boys who are in the American and the Allied Armies we send good cheer. To those boys we send good cheer mingled with deepest gratitude. In nineteen hundred seventeen, America, in declaring war on Germany, experienced a new birth. America's sacrifice is a concrete expression of vital Christianity. The civilized world recognizes the dawn of a new era, an era in which international justice is to reign. Heretofore democracy has been an experience. Hereafter democracy will rule the world, enrich the world, save the world by bestowing upon all men the rights of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
Around the Christmas hearthstones for nineteen hundred eighteen, there will be vacant chairs. Sorrow will mingle with triumphant joy. Precious memories will abide. Human aspiration will point the way to a better world in which the reign of permanent peace shall be established. This world peace will be worth while just in proportion to the effort put forth by man in making the Sermon on the Mount his working philosophy of everyday life. The nations of the earth have never practiced this philosophy. They have worshipped gods of war rather than the God of righteousness. To every reader of this Greeting we extend the hand that points to the coming of the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God.