The Celebration Continues…Kwanzaa!

Unity…Creativity…Faith…Giving gifts…December 26 to January 1, is the annual celebration of African-American culture; leading up to Karamu, a Feast of Faith…

The celebration begins in succession with Kukaribisha (Welcoming)…Kuumba (Remembering)…Kuchunguza Tena Na Kutoa Ahadi Tena (Reassessment and Recommitment)…Kushangilia (Rejoicing)…Tamshi la Timbiko (Libation Statement)…Tamshi la Tutaonana (The Farewell Statement)…

The Swahili phrase, matunda ya kwanza, means “first fruits.” First fruits festivals take place in Southern Africa, which are celebrated in December/January with the southern solstice…Kwanzaa is spelled with an additional “a” so that it would bear a symbolic seven letters…as it occurs over seven days…which dedicates each day to one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa…Nguzo Saba.

Kwanzaa is celebrated by all…

Unity…Creativity…Faith…Giving gifts…a celebration of culture…wonderful reasons to be communal in recognition and celebration…The diversity of human beings..is divine! And should be so honored…Unity…is the key….

Joyous Kwanzaa to all!

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He Has Risen…Have You?

Born again…Resurrected…He Has Risen…Have You?

So much love…faith…belief…sacrifice and patience has been unconditionally given to secure humanity’s salvation…can’t we find it within ourselves to be worthy of such an incredible gift?  Can we rise?  Can we make our better…blessed?

This great celebration of life eternal becomes all the more precious if we could only comprehend an iota of the love that manifested a Savior for humanity in the first place! An iota of love…that has the power to create…and destroy…a universe.  An iota!

Imagine being told by the Messiah that you could do greater works than He?!

Everyday you rise from your bed…you have that opportunity…to live up to your gift of salvation…and do greater works than He… Start with the realization that everything begins and ends with love…

It doesn’t take too much effort to fall “in love” with an object or a person…

For humans, it takes less effort to be “in love” with something or someone…than to actually love something or someone. 

To love something or someone wholly…requires no thought in doing it…there is no rhyme or reason…no conditions or restrictions…you just love…

To be “in love” requires conditions…A smile…an attraction…a gesture…how you feel…how it makes you feel…how someone makes you feel… a piece of furniture that makes your living room pop! In love….Conditional.

Celebrate the love that put us in salvation mode…Celebrate the opportunities you have to love…unconditionally…Celebrate the greatest love of all…by loving others beyond yourself…family and friends…celebrate the gift of life in everything that you do…and say…and think…and express…humbly celebrate you…and the great capacity you have for love…to love…and to give it…

He Has Risen…and He has shown us how to Rise…Can you…will you…Rise?

Happy Easter!

Happy Resurrection Day!

Happy Salvation Day!

Now Rise….

 

 

 

 

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