Christmas never seems to be a perfect, magical time. It seems that every year around this time we remember that we live in a broken world with theft, selfishness, and today the horrible shooting in Connecticut. Today we ran the gammit of emotions. It made me sick to my stomach to hear about this tragedy, but I also became ill of the people spitting rage and politics all over the web. I believe we have an opportunity now to realize what this season is all about. It’s not about me. It’s not about selfish desires or self centered paradigms. This time is truly a reflection of what LIFE is all about. To me, Life is about truly learning how to love. I know I haven’t achieved that yet, I feel like it takes a lifetime to learn what actual love is and what it looks like. It’s times like these that give us a chance to put love into practice. I believe God has given us the ultimate example of what love is. Unfortunately, it seems that we don’t follow that example nearly enough. What I’m trying to say is this, use this holiday season to love others. To take ourselves completely out of the equation (leaving our opinions and politics behind) and just let people know you care for them. Let us not forget the hope and light that this holiday gives. Go out and be that light, share that hope.

To those affected by todays events. I am truly heartbroken for you. I cried with you although I can’t fully understand what you have to deal with tonight and in the future. I earnestly Pray for you.

This post was originally published on the blog Dan writes with his wife on photography and life.

4 Comments

  1. I think it's so easy to want to either politicize these sorts of tragedies, or in Christian circles, to use this for the wrong reasons. God has called us in times like this especially to love on those around us, not to make people become Christians, but because we are. Thanks Dan, for sharing, and letting me share this here.
    • I have become so frustrated with the posts on Facebook and articles in the news that have made this into a discussion of some type. The only thing we need right now is to mourn and be quiet. There will be time for discussion later. Right now, we cry and we comfort.
  2. I think it's so easy to want to either politicize these sorts of tragedies, or in Christian circles, to use this for the wrong reasons. God has called us in times like this especially to love on those around us, not to make people become Christians, but because we are. Thanks Dan, for sharing, and letting me share this here.
    • I have become so frustrated with the posts on Facebook and articles in the news that have made this into a discussion of some type. The only thing we need right now is to mourn and be quiet. There will be time for discussion later. Right now, we cry and we comfort.

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