is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present,
hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow
with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”~ Agnes M. Pharo
As the year ends, I look back and marvel at everything that’s happened in the last few months. There’s been a lot of pain and tears, sudden changes in circumstances and new people in my life who I never imagined there in the first place.
But it’s given me time to re-evaluate what’s important in my life. Through the worst of things, I find I can weather it all so long as I remember to make God the centre, my centre through it all. That I can learn to just let go, and worry less. As MM (Mystery Man) says: “It all works out for the best.” How’s MM? We’re cool. He’s cool. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be singing as much as I am now. He gave me that needed little push to sing, and I’ll always be grateful for that.
You place hope not in human beings. Your friends, your loved ones – they are not magical candy dispensers of rainbows and lightness. Unless you’re open to receiving happiness, you’ll be unable to just enjoy the presence of the people who matter.
So after a year of trials and tragedy, I hope we all can remember to hope; to find some measure of peace as the year winds down. That we can still know joy, remember that pain is temporary, and that solace and comfort is there if we only reach for it.
This is the year I learned to hope again for my country.
That I learned to let my heart and voice sing.
Where I found family and home.
So I wish you a blessed Christmas this year, and a joyous, hopeful time in the next year.
Truly, let us all revel in the audacity of hope.