MERRY CHRISTMAS

NativityPicture[1]I realize, at this time of year, the world stops as we all celebrate this magical season.  Actually it doesn’t, but for many of us, we put all the world problems aside and spend a few days with friends and family.  All the issues will be there next week or next month for that matter for us to dissect.

Christmas is not just for Christians.  Many other religions celebrate religious themes during this holiday season.  It is a time for all of us to put aside our differences and for a few days just be joyful that we can celebrate what our creator has given us.

I’m not going to write a long speech about how bad the world is or more correctly how bad some of the people in the world are.  This week is about something else, altogether.

2000 years ago, give or take a few, a baby was born in the Middle East that changed the history of the world.  That baby, named Jesus, grew up and started preaching a gospel of peace and love.  He proclaimed himself to be the Son of God.  You don’t need to be a Christian to understand what his message brought to the earth.

His life caused wars, hatred, and death to believers.  But over 2000 years, it also brought love, peace and goodwill to billions of people around the globe.  Christians have fed and educated the poor, opened their doors to the less fortunate, and forgiven those who did them wrong.

The United States used the Christian faith when setting up this great experiment some 238 years ago.  We continue to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, bandage the wounded and educate the poor.  Christians, and other non-Christian faiths have worked together to make the world better for all of us.  Not all faiths promote themselves with violence, fear and death.

As we celebrate this Christian season, let us all reflect on God’s gifts to us.  We have been blessed with his grace and love for us.  Let us take some time to remember Him and the good deeds that have been done in his name.

Our problems will always be with us.  The new year will bring many more posts, but for now let’s all take a break and celebrate this holy season.  May all of you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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