I live in a community with a beautiful melting pot of cultures. This past week I had the opportunity to hang out with a group of people from a different culture. We spoke a different language, played games differently, cooked and ate differently. Despite a difference in lifestyle, we connected for a moment in time – it was good. Translation was necessary at times, quite a bit of hand gestures, broken English and Spanglish was the order of the night. At the end of it all, we all laughed the same, felt the same feelings and our hearts beat the same. The same blood flowed through our veins.
One of my favorite Christmas songs speaks about the hope for a better world- ‘Someday at Christmas’. There’s a narrative that has sought to divide and spread toxicity between people groups for generations. At times it prevents us from experiencing the fullness of God’s creation. Moving from the limitations of our ‘little world’ and discovering the beauty of God’s masterpiece. It keeps us lonely, afraid and narrow minded. Unfortunately, we forget that the angels who made that proclamation said ‘Peace on earth and goodwill to ALL MEN’ not just North Americans, Europeans or to the people in my own small world. The spirit of Christmas was extended to all men. Whether or not you celebrate at this time – He still came for your peace. So, I hope:
Someday at Christmas, there’ll be no wars
When we have learned what Christmas is for
When we have found what life’s really worth
There’ll be peace on Earth
Someday all our dreams will come to be‘Someday at Christmas’ ‘– Stevie Wonder
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime
So, this night I met some new souls. Tried a new dish. Ate a little bit later than I’m used to. Listened to someone else’s story. Looked into another’s eyes – gave a bit of myself. Shared words of encouragement – passed on some needed advice. Expanded my world a bit! As we celebrate this season – I pray today will be our ‘someday’. We’ll not dim our shine in the busyness of it all. Be a little kinder and gentler on the streets – let that driver cut in.😁 Mend a broken fence or a wall; make that phone call or visit. Write a letter or send a text. Forgive and let go. Cross that invisible border and meet that one who may be different. Not just ‘someday’ but today – at Christmas time!
***Thanks for reading.’ Peace on earth and goodwill to all men’ – That includes you.