President Ronald Reagan (d. 2004)
In the inaugural broadcast of NBC's "Christmas in Washington," part of the program included then-President Ronald Reagan reading A Solitary Life, a parable of the life of Jesus Christ, to children gathered at the White House.
After nearly 2,000 years, Jesus today is "the centerpiece of much of the human race," says President Reagan. All the armies, govrnments, and powers of this world have not affected the world in any way as powerfully as this "one solitary life," he explains.
"I've always believed that the story of that young man, of Jesus, is a story of hope," says Reagan. "If we live our lives for truth and for love -- because that's what He told us to do -- and for God, we never have to be afraid. God will be with us. He'll be a part of something much larger, much stronger, much more enduring than any force that has ever existed on this Earth."
"God bless you, and Merry Christmas," says Reagan.
Dr. James Allen Francis adapted One Solitary Life from one of his sermons in 1926.