The holiday season brings a time of many celebrations too. The main one in my life is Christmas, the day we set aside to celebrate the birth of the babe Jesus, fulfilling scripture and the hope of new life, eternal that it brings. Many others celebrate the wonderful miracles of hope that Jesus brought but in different ways with different understanding. Still others celebrate the spirit of giving and love. Then of course you have the New Year. It may fall on different days but the whole world celebrates it at one time or another.
It is with this understanding that I say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. It allows me to keep Christ in the center of my reason and to respectfully acknowledge the God Given Right of Free Choice that everyone is entitled to.
One last thing to remember: To Catch a humming bird you need honeysuckle, To teach a student you must first gain their respect. To share God's love for all mankind. you must be willing to show it. Jesus never forced someone to accept Him, why are we trying to do it?
Let's start today and declare your love for Jesus, celebrating His birth by respecting the right of choice in others and turn the tide of dissension that has caused so much tension and say:
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!