Tis the season for the reason! But, isn't the original saying, "He's the reason for the season"? Yes, you would be correct. But, I have been having a lot of conversations with people and the main theme or concern is that there is something different about the season we're in today. There are deep divisions within our country and in our communities and when you see racism, discrimination, and hate on the rise it usually signifies intense fear. People fear change or the unknown and there is mass change going on in the world daily and so much unknown. Crime, killings, deaths, chaos and lawlessness are on the rise. What is the average human being to do and where does one go for the answer?
Tis the season for the reason. I do not hide my faith in Jesus Christ and I truly believe that he is the answer for all of the hate, fear, uncertainty, pain and hurt people are experiencing and feeling around the world. I believe that we are all products of our environment and how we were raised and with all that at some point we have to determine how we want to show up in this world. Do we want to show up in love or the opposite of love?
This is the month where many holidays are observed such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, just to name a few of the major holidays, as there are more. For me, I celebrate Christmas and Jesus is the reason for the season. I see how people are more generous and kind during this time of year but, I also see how corporations use this time to gain or recoup profits. With all of this said, my God is gracious to all in spite of peoples motives and is available to meet us where we are and provide the peace we are in search of and in need of.
I personally, individually, am not the answer for all of life's challenges and woes but I have a relationship with the one I believe does. I invite everyone who gets to read this blog to get to know him or get to know/return to your spiritual foundation whatever that might be. There is no way for us to figure everything out on our own, nor can we do everything on our own. I find refuge and security in knowing that I can release all my fears and unknowns to my God and he will take care of everyone and replace it with faith, peace and most importantly, LOVE. This time of year can be stressful for all of us and if you need someone to talk to please reach out to me. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!