Sunday, December 25, 2022

Reflections on Christmas 2022


"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)

Today is Christmas Day 2022.  I seek hope in a world that seems to be spinning our of control, with a war in Ukraine, an ongoing pandemic, a lack of civility, and the rise of extremism.  Stability is desperately needed.  That's why the Christmas message is so special.  It never changes.  Peace and goodwill to all is the message that has been sent down through the ages.  It resonates during turbulent times such as these.

Take note that Christmas and Hanukkah are being celebrated at the same time this year.  Christians and  Jews celebrate these two beautiful festivals of light, hope and freedom.  Indeed, people of all faiths hold festivals of light, hope and freedom.  Let us focus on that which we have in common, not on what tears us apart.

I would  like to send a message of hope and support to the people of Ukraine this Christmas.  I am thinking of you in your hour of need, not only today but every day.  I am also thinking of those who are suffering mental or physical anguish, or both.  I am thinking of the marginalized, the poor and destitute, those who suffer from addiction, discrimination and persecution.  I am thinking of those who are suffering from the effects of flooding, hurricanes and all manner of climate change.  Know that you are in my thoughts today and every day.

To readers around the world, I send greetings and best wishes, whatever language you speak, whether you are a person of faith or no faith.  

- Joanne

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