I started writing this column because I was perplexed at how many things divide us. I still am perplexed at how many things divide us but, let’s consider the things that bring us together!
The backpack drives around the village in August and September are incredible. We come together to make sure our children go to school prepared. The Thanksgiving baskets and free community dinners in the village remind the givers and the receivers in spite of it all, we have so much to be thankful for. Earlier in November, my church; True Vision Church packed 1000’s of meals to ship to Haiti ensuring an impoverished Black nation is remembered although it is forgotten by our country. Then there are the toy drives and Angel Tree drives this time of year. Tha1 Radio made Christmas better for over 40 families this year. True Vision Church had more donors than children for the Angel Tree project and the list goes on…
Today I am proud that in crunch time, the village is always there. The principles of family and community are not lost by selfish gain. Today’s challenge and a part of my Christmas list is to practice the principles of family and community every day. In a city with over 6000 non-profits, perhaps we can do some of their work ourselves. Let’s come together to create and work on our village agenda. Let’s stay together year round to secure a community fit for our legacy.
From the words of one of my favorite Christmas songs…
No more lives torn apart,
Then wars would never start
and time would heal the heart
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end, oh
This is my grown-up Christmas List
Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year!