Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I am wishing you and yours a joyous celebration, a time of peace, abundant blessings, and many special memories. As the days of December wind down, this is a wonderful time to reflect on the past year with humble gratitude and join together in anticipatory excitement for what is to come.
What is it that you hope for?
Do you long for love? Do you wish for peace? Do you desire change?
This holiday season, let us remember that all we hope for begins with each one of us. If we are searching for love, we can be the compassionate embrace for others who long for love, as well. During times of loss, we can search for ways to fill the void in the lives of others.
I have always found this excerpt from the song, “Let There Be Peace on Earth” to be particularly comforting and true when I think about how peace, among many other beautiful things such as love and kindness, begins with me:
“Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.”
– Let There Be Peace on Earth
The gift that arrived to the world many years ago gave us the opportunity to be a source of God’s goodness for all people. As I said earlier this week in one of our Instagram posts, we can be people of peace, hope, and joy for others. I believe all of these “things” are what each of us desire most in life.
Whatever you are hoping for or whatever changes you would like to make in your life, it begins with you. You have the power to create all that you long for. You can shape your world. Together, one at a time, we can create the futures and the world in which we desire to live.
Let it begin with us. Let this be our solemn vow.
You have the power to create all that you envision. If you desire love, offer love to those you meet. If change is what you need most, go for it.
Your circumstances and setbacks have no power over you. Step-by-step, you can begin the journey to a more fulfilling and rewarding life. Let everything you desire begin with you.
This holiday season, let us join together. Let it begin with each one of us.