We've lost too many. Their memories haunt our hearts and make our celebrations bittersweet.
We've lost too much. Our freedoms are chipped for a promise of security that will never be delivered.
We've been kicked down, lied to, robbed from, deceived, and trespassed against. Every single hurt builds inside us like a pearl harbored in an oyster. If it grows, the oyster will die.
And on top of all this pain, the season seems to draw out the worst in some people. Snatching and pulling and pushing and shoving so they can feel better about their situations.
There are people who are left in the cold, made to freeze by cold people. And the cycle of winter in men's souls continues.
Let us make a promise, today, that the chain of winter will be broken. We can only get past pain pearls and other hurts if we learn to love one another and forgive.
My Christmas Wish for you this year is that you can let go of your pains before they become pearls, and find love in the shadows of despair, and discover in yourself the power to forgive.
Our Savior would want this as a birthday present, no matter the time of year we remember Him. Let's do our very best to give him this present from here on out.
With love and peace and hope,
I wish you and yours a very, very Happy Christmas.