What say you, and why?
For as long as I can remember Christmastime was a singular event during the course of the year, where regardless of past differences or ideologies we could come together and simply wish each other with sincerity a Merry Christmas! It was never a polarizing statement intent on stirring up a verbal montage of debate, and it wasn’t used as some sort of dig against someone else’s beliefs. We simply equated the spirit of love and giving, of peace and good will with acts of kindness and a desire to nurture one another.
Somewhere along the way in crept this awkward and disabling sense that a Christmas wish was the equivalent of drawing a line in the sand with an attached innuendo that said which side are you on?! How or perhaps why did this happen? Have we fallen so far as homo-sapiens that the only real desire is to see things my way or hit the highway? We certainly share more things in common than not and though we certainly all have differences and our own unique set of genes, the same blood flows through us and the same heart beats in our chest.
The miracle of seeing new life born still carries the same awe and the crush of the human soul still stirs us to cry out at the injustice! For parents who watch the glow of our young children on Christmas morning or the warmth that spreads through our spirit after performing some selfless act of sacrifice for another without their knowledge still inspires!
Yes, Christmas is polarizing, I think for those who believe and for those who choose not to, but whether you believe or not doesn’t change the face of Christmas…. that love carries with it power and responsibility, the power to bring joy and the power to change someones day or even the power to change a life! The responsibility on the other hand is to handle that power with an attitude of love. Like all things in this life we have free will to choose how we handle our responsibility and that …. is the greatest gift of all!