Christmas is one of my favorite seasons for a lot of reasons. People tend to be a little kinder to one another, kind gestures become more common, and expectations of people display generosity and forgiveness. Can you imagine what it must have been like to have been present when Jesus was born? The Bible talks about the three wise men bringing gold, myrrh, and frankincense. I can barely imagine what those men were thinking with the birth of this child that would change the world for many.
Unlike others who look to vilify the Christmas season, I choose to look at the representation of new birth, new life, and hope for all. Christmas should represent unconditional love. Some people opt to view the Christmas holiday as non-existent. That is their right and their choice. Others celebrate the holiday season as a time to exchange gifts with one another. Many people can’t afford gifts, but they take the time to make something. Sharing has become a common trait during the season. People may not share physical aspects, but the time they spend is immeasurable.
There are ten days left until Christmas. Christmas should be in our hearts all year long. During these ten days, I have goals that I would like to achieve. There is a young girl named Gracie that I would love to help this holiday season. Gracie was rescued from a horrific environment in Haiti when she was very young. Her foster mother who is trying to become her adoptive mother found her while working as a missionary and has helped her prosper into an incredible young girl. She is deprived of her legs but gets around better than most folks with legs. She challenges herself and others to be the best they can be. Her life is a reflection of the love she’s received. She isn’t a statistic. She’s a person who is among the millions of people who are inciting change and a better world.
I believe that Gracie is one of many that the Christmas spirit shines the brightest. The stories of hardships that conquer love are one of the greatest gifts we have. The holidays are a reminder that we are not who we have been. We are a product of who we choose to be. We have the power to change lives for the better or worse. We choose to be victims or survivors. We also choose to be richer or poorer. Life isn’t fair. It deals with hands we never saw coming, but we have the power to influence those decisions in ways we never thought possible. If the Christmas season teaches us anything, it’s that when we give of ourselves and learn from one another, we are capable of more than we ever dreamed possible.
I see many people that have dealt with difficult hands beam with hope and joy. You will never hear negativity come out of their mouths. They are grateful for the opportunities they receive daily.
Many people find dwelling on the negative derails them from being productive. It is their choice to live their lives with aplomb and gusto. Bravo. There are days I struggle with this, and yet I know they are not wrong in their conviction. These men and women keep Christmas alive every day.
Gracie and her family are one of many that need help. Because of the stricter immigration laws, many people have joined together to keep Gracie in the United States. To do this, we need everyone’s help. Gracie won’t be able to get the medical treatment she needs in Haiti. Because of the severity of her disability, she will have a difficult time finding a good home if deported. This Christmas, please help their family if you can and are able. You can click on Gracie’s name throughout the blog to donate. If you opt to donate, thank you. There are many people in need this season. Gracie is one of many that need help. What I do ask of each of you is that you find it in your hearts to let in others. You may have an adversary that you end up finding common ground. You may have a frenemy that you begin to see in a new context. Give yourself a chance to see the world differently. You might be surprised at what you learn.