Father in Heaven, hear our prayer for our troops in service both far and near. Grant peace of mind to their families and friends, just let them know that love never ends - But sustains them through the doubts and fears, comforts the lonely, dries the tears. Please bring them home unharmed and free... America: Land of Liberty - Patricia W. Smith Here we are. Another year of not having to fight the fight here because others, brave others, are fighting it elsewhere. I can sing my songs, and tell my lies, and drink my toasts and you can - I hope - join me and enjoy them with me...because of those others. Thank God for them. George Orwell, that English guy who did a little writing, said the following years ago. I think it applies today. Some of you may have heard me say it on stage. It's worth repeating. "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence upon those who would do us harm." Here's wishing each and every one of you a merry and blessed Christmas and a wonderful new year.