Dear Family and Friends,
As many of us are eager to see 2020 come to an end and New Year begin and for some sense of normalcy to our daily lives return in 2021 let us all stop to celebrate the holiday season. Christmas is a season that brings renewed hope, a sense of peace, and the confirmation that love exists well beyond our own scope. This Christmas season I encourage you to look back over the past year and try to find a silver lining within your own life and remember the Christmas season allows for miracles and the discovery of the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas.
Life over the past year has brought change for many of us, including myself. This past year has tested my faith, my beliefs, and even the foundation of who I am. With all of this, I believe in the darkest of hours of ones’ life we are given people in our lives that weather the storm with us. We may not know the reason or understand the purposes of these people in our lives, but I believe every person who comes into our lives are a special gift; a gift we call family and friends. As individuals we sometimes overlook the importance of those people we love and care about—many times taking for granted the person they are and the role they play in our lives. It is important to remember that God gives us the ability to make friends and forge relationships—our role is to preserve them.
As we venture into the world of COVID to find the perfect gift for those we love, I hope and pray for your safety during this holiday season. I hope you can take the time to look deep within your hearts to find the most special gift that can only come from within. The grace God has given you is the ability to share your love with those around you. While the spirit of Christmas fills every ounce of your body, I encourage you to reflect on the reason for the season. Find the importance of what makes you happy and reflect on the gifts that God has given you! I believe when we realize our own self we can share the gift of inner love and peace this season.
My prayer to God this Christmas season is for my family and friends to discover the true meaning of the season. Look beyond the sparkling lights, presents, trees, and celebration to remember that the true meaning of the season is Jesus. 2020 has been a trying and taxing year for all of us—our lives changed, fear and anger developed. Politics divided families across the country. Lives were lost to COVID, violence in our streets, and the lack of understanding that we are still divided by race, gender, orientation, and socio-economic status. I pray that God allows the healing to begin this holiday season, the repair of relationships, the sense of normalcy, and value that despite differences in this world we all share one thing—WE ARE ALL HUMAN! I pray that the world can find peace in the season and love overtakes hate and bridges are mended to rebuild relationships within our own lives.
The spirit of the season is a rebirth of each of us. It is a time to renew ourselves, find what has been lacking and refuel our soul, spirit, and heart with love! Christmas miracles can happen if we open our hearts to them. This Christmas make a difference in someone’s life. Take the steps needed to share the true meaning of the season, even if you don’t feel it at this moment.
My prayer and wish for you this year is to stop for a moment. Close your eyes, reflect, find the reason to smile and remember that Jesus is the reason for this season. When we restore our faith within him, the world around us will start to look brighter for everyone one person at a time. Be the light this holiday season. Share hope, peace, and love with those around you. These three things are the greatest gifts and remember that God loves each of us for who we are and if we can share that love with others then we have found the true meaning of Christmas.
I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and pray that 2021 will be better than 2020. Let the miracle of Christmas be with you this season!
Nick, Cooper, Willow, Mogwai, and Winston!