The Parallel Road

This past September, my column was entitled Choose Life. At the time, I assumed I would receive the standard portion of negative feedback from readers—after all, I had crossed the “PC” line in that piece (as I often do) by mentioning God and quoting scripture. To my surprise, my estimations were way off, as I received a good number of positive comments and not a single negative one.pubmessage

And so, with that approving re-enforcement (my sincere “thank you” to all who responded) I shall venture a little farther down a parallel road…

With Christmas just a few days away and the end of 2014 fast approaching, it is inevitable for me, as it is for many, that my mind begins a process of reflection. I think of the year passing; of events and people and relationships.

My thoughts include the discouraging and negative experiences too, but not in a negative way. Indeed, I become excited about the blessing that each new year presents, as we are once again afforded another opportunity to “get it right.” The advent of 2015 brings nothing but possibilities, as it is (always) up to us, and the mistakes, wrongs and destructiveness of the past year are all just that—past.

I am always mindful of the fact that so much of our strife is born of fear; the seed of negativity and destructive behavior—the seed of evil itself. But fear cannot exist in the presence of its opposite—love.

And so, this holiday season, my wish for you—for us all—is that we have the wisdom to choose life… and love. That we reject fear and look for the good in each other; that we seek to understand; that we rejoice in our potential and seize the opportunity and blessing that lies ahead.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. Phil 4:8-9 (KJV)