Merry Christmas, everyone!
What a glorious Christmas Eve this has been for me. I am so thankful for everything I have and I have only God to thank for it all. If it wasn't for Him, I would have nothing. I have two wonderful kids, a great family, a good job and money to buy presents for the ones I love. I have a home to keep me and the kids warm and safe from the elements and "evil doers" (lol) and food to put in our bellies every day. What else could I possibly ask for?!? Well, now that I think about it, there is something I can ask for.
I know that Christmas is not about presents or stuff we can pack our lives with. I know I don't have to tell you what Christmas is about, either. I get down on my knees and I praise God for bringing Jesus into this world to save our souls. His birth is the most glorious of gifts that we can or will ever receive. There is only one thing that I truly want. I would give everything I have in order to obtain it. Now that I think about it a little more, make that two things I want. ;-) I want world peace. I know it sounds cliché but that's truly what I want more than anything else. I want people of this world to be at peace with each other. I want us all to find common ground and experience fellowship and love. I want to be able to turn on the TV and hear about good things that are happening in peoples' lives. I want to see people sending gifts of food and clothing instead of bombs and bullets. I want to see water spilling from new fountains instead of blood being spilled in the streets. I want people to just let other people be; free to live their lives as they wish, raising their children in love and peace. We all deserve this. We all seem to want it. So why can't we all obtain it? So many things about this world, the people, this life are so confusing to me. What is it about power that is so...well....powerful? I'm not stupid, I know why power is powerful but what is it about power that makes a man or woman willing to kill for it. I mean, what makes a person wake up one day and say " I want to be the most powerful person in the world/country/state/whatever" What makes them ok with taking someone's ( or many peoples') lives? I guess I don't understand it because it's not something I want badly enough. I'm not willing to wreck the lives of innocent people for something that seems so ridiculous to me. I am not trying to be a downer on Christmas Eve, I'm really not. It's just that when I'm being thankful for the things I have in my life, I also like to reflect and think about other people that aren't as fortunate; others in different countries around the world; others that are right down the street from me. I hope that they are as blessed as I am and I wish for all people to be blessed with what I have. I don't have much, just the things I listed above, which really is a lot more than most people in this world. Isn't it funny how some people in this country think they have so little when there are others in lands far away that would kill to have what we do? Yet, we don't think about that very often. I get so caught up in the things that I want in my daily life that I have to, HAVE TO, remind myself of what I do have and that I am doing pretty damn well considering 97% of the rest of the world has way less than I. Not only that but I live in a country where there are no bombs being dropped at any place, at any moment. I live in a neighborhood that is quiet. No automatic weapons or rocket launchers to be heard in the distance. No sleeping on the floors with the children just in case bullets start flying through the windows. How lucky are we that we don't have to experience such horror every day?!? So lucky! I wish every person could have that same feeling of being safe and sound when they lay their heads down to sleep every night. I wish for them to experience the same kind of peace that I know and that my children know. I wish for peace everywhere around the world.
With my first wish for peace comes the second wish: freedom. I wish for world peace and world freedom. A world that knows no tyranny, no communism and no one having control over every aspect of their lives. True freedom so that people can live their lives according to how they wish. Freedom to speak their minds, live wherever they want, freedom to raise their families andlive their lives on their own terms. Freedom to be at peace without some larger entity feeding their heads with propaganda and hate and fear. I wish for us all to live in the safety and love of Jesus Christ or whatever religious symbol they live by. Yeah....that's what I want for Christmas....
Peace, love and joy. Freedom, happiness and spirituality. For everyone.
I know that most of you reading this will go to bed tonight as thankful as I am. I know there may be some of you that don't think you are all that blessed for whatever reason and if you are one of those people, I beg you to please really look at what you have. Friends, family, pets, job, all of the things I have listed above. Even if you have a cray-cray family, love them and be happy you even have a family. Even if you only have ONE thing in this long list, that is still more than what a lot of other people have. Be thankful for the breath of life God has given you because there are lots of people that are also dead. Heehee. No, seriously! Life is the ultimate gift and YOU have it.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON!