For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17.
Dear friends, my message on this occasion will be short, sweet, and prayerfully kind.
As I wrote it, I prayed for you and me as we prepare to enter the new year of 2022.
I’m very encouraged by what has already occurred during the 2021 Christmas season.
Undaunted by reports of terror, people demonstrated acts of generosity and kindness regardless of lack of materialistic behavior.
By this I mean, in many cases, trees were smaller, gifts were more thoughtful than materialistic. People actually shared more love this year.
I just finished a foreword for a new book of poetry by a remarkable woman; Verna May (Hall) Linzey.
I mention this because the experience of reading and writing about her was quite uplifting.
It’s unceasingly amazing how doing something for others can brighten our days.
While reviewing Vera’s book, I selected her poem on kindness to note my theme for the coming of the new year.
It's my goal to be kinder in every circumstance and relationship in the year ahead.
In Ephesians 4:32, we are reminded to, "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." (ESV)
Recently, we have experienced another level of our dreaded pandemic with the Delta and Omicron variants.
Prior to this, I had already lost friends family and loved ones to COVID-19. Now to many friends and family members of mine are wrestling with Omicron.
Yet, there is good news. Omicorn appears to be milder than the previous strains of the coronavirus. Some are even contending that this new strain is fighting back; acting as a natural antibody.
So, who knows? At any rate, let us continue to pray for both safety and healing.
As a result of mixed reports, while looking ahead to 2022, along with my prayers, I'm experiencing a period of self examination, repentance, and hope.
A belief that God will bless us all in the coming year.
Prayerfully many of us are experiencing an awakening of a need for forgiveness, repentance, and a holy love; while seeking God for deliverance.
Let us now pray for America and our brothers and sisters globally, that we will be a shining light on a hill, if not many hills; as one blood and one human race.
Let us also regard and honor human dignity and life from - from conception onward.
It's this writer's personal prayer that we will leave vanity and strife behind in 2021, while concurrently seeking God's will, doing so for all of our lives in 2022.
Happy New Year.
May the Lord bless you in the days ahead.
(The preceding article was authored by a non-clinician).
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 an acclaimed author, television host, and film and music veteran. Dr. King is a former Georgia State legislator, Chairman of the Center for the American Dream for AFPI, and a 2021 recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. Please visit her at: www.alvedaking.com. Read more of Dr. Alveda C. King' Reports — Here.
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