It’s that time of year again, the time when we talk of celebrations, joy, hope and goodwill toward our fellow man. I’ve always loved the Christmas season for those reasons – when people are a little bit kinder and nicer to each other, and I’ve often wished that we could continue the same good feeling throughout the year. Yet, that isn’t reality, and we make the best of what we have.
We have Christmas, a remembrance of the birth of the Christ Child, who brings hope of redemption to all. There is joy and love surrounding this event, it is what we share with each other at this time of year, even for those who may not follow these beliefs; few are not affected by the Goodness of the message.
This year, Christmas brought special joy to the Penguin household. Our daughter was married last weekend, to a very nice young man whom she had been going with for several years. We couldn’t be happier for these two young people as they celebrate their new path in life, a new journey that they will make together. More importantly, they are centered on something greater than themselves, they are centered on God, our Creator, and in our belief system, His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m sharing this story with you because of something very special about my daughter. She set the date for her wedding to coincide with Christmas because she wanted to have people celebrate such a wonderful, happy time of year. The setting? Anywhere would have been wonderful, but it took place in New York City, where they live and work. Christmas in that city is something to behold, and the people seemed delighted to share in her happiness. It was a beautiful wedding, a glorious setting and I believe there was extra joy because after all, it’s Christmas.
Yes, it’s Christmas. While we hang the ornaments, bake the cookies (some good friends gave me some cookies), and say “Merry Christmas,” we’ll also be remembering that there may be sorrowful memories for people too. There are those who lost their loved ones, (my own dear father-in-law passed away in May), others have lost jobs, or had other trauma in their lives. We even realize that friendships and acquaintances change. Every year brings change, growth and renewal.
On the political scene, one could say we’ve had our losses and disappointments too, presenting challenges that we must surmount. Those of us who are in the struggle to restore our country to her foundational roots often feel discouraged, at a loss for what do we do next. So many days bring headlines of setbacks for our side. How do we combat that? How do we go on? Here’s why we go on – think of the meaning of the season. A Season for Joy. We love our country, we love her traditions, we love and revere that which our Founding Fathers believed about America – that she was destined to be free, liberty for all, and all of it centered on Our Creator. Christmas reminds us of new life, goodness and joy that come with the Fixed Star in the Heavens. It is our Light. America was founded on such a light, to be sustained for generations to come. Despite our sorrow and disappointments, our goals remain the same – we will continue to restore this nation, remake and repair that which is broken. We must remain resolute in our efforts, and we can do this, because this is the Season for Joy, and having the sense of renewal and hope that this time of year brings us, fortifies us, and enters our hearts with the renewal of life, of purpose.
May God’s Blessings be with you all. May the Light that comes into the world this season sustain you. I would like to share this video from last year, a video that enthralled millions. To me, it represented the bond of our humanness and our capacity for joy and delight. It represents the Good that is our Season for Joy.