Is it my imagination, or are people more generous this year?
In spite of dismal reports, there is definitely an awareness of Jesus Christ in the atmosphere. Never forget, the Lord is always with us. (Psalm 23; Psalm 91).
I almost didn't write a Christmas message this year. With Thanksgiving behind us, and Christmas and the New Year just a few days away, I've been struggling to write.
Yet, the thoughts of friends and family compel me to write now.
For the last two years, 2020 and 2021, life for me; spirit, soul and body, has been a rollercoaster.
Can we all say "Amen"?
I can only imagine that the same applies to you as you read this.
The COVID-19 pandemic, racial unrest, unbridled hate and violence, economic upheaval, and so much more have affected the balance of our universe.
Yet, I want to encourage you to be encouraged, and to let hope rise. Don’t fight with people in your life; fight to love and live.
In 1 Corinthians 13 (NIV) we learn, "Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears."
Believe it or not, I took on a renovation project just before Thanksgiving.
For reasons beyond my control, the actual work began just three weeks ago. As I look around at the process and progress, I am thankful and encouraged and praise God over the fact that in just a couple of days before Christmas our home will have a fresh new look.
That's something for me to look forward to. What are you looking forward to in the days ahead? Even if you have suffered loss, weeping may endure for a night; but joy comes in the morning; (and sometimes in the mourning).
Hold on; there is hope beyond the pain. If you are like me; having suffered recent loss of family, friends, and loved ones; don’t give up, don’t give in. There is hope in the message of the season. Christ the Savior is born; let Jesus bring you comfort, and yes — joy.
I am reminded of words that my grandfather, Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. often spoke: "Thank God for what we have left."
Please, in the days ahead, do what you can to make the world a better place.
Stand and speak up for life — always.
Dr. Alveda C. King is the daughter of the late slain civil rights activist Rev. A. D. King and the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as a Christian Evangelist. Additionally, she is founder of Speak for Life. She is also a film and music veteran. Dr. King is a former Georgia State legislator, and a 2021 recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. Please visit her at: www.alvedaking.com Read Dr. Alveda C. King's Reports — More Here.
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