Editor's Note: Elaine Corona of Kenai recently stumbled across an old Christmas letter she wrote a decade ago. The message it contains is as important today as it was then. Corona visited Russia in 1990 and 1992.
As the year's end approaches and Christmas is almost upon us, I have been reflecting upon this past year and the events in it. One of the most memorable is my trip to the Soviet Union and meeting the people of Russia.
I remember the little babushkas, the little grandmothers of Russia coming up to me with their worn faces and hands, the young students with the exuberance of youth, parents concerned about their children's future, businessmen, soldiers, people from all walks of life -- and the message that was given to me over and over again was "tell America we love them, tell America to love us."
When I reflect upon this message that the Russian people gave me, I think about the 2,000-year-old message of Christmas. That message is renewed each year of peace and love and hope.
As our year ends with the worries and frustrations of our world, let us remember that were there is love, there is understanding and where there is understanding there is no fear.
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