Each year, as most people celebrate the holidays and the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25, we almost always incorporate the phrase, "Peace on Earth," in our hymns, songs and writings.
But despite our persistence, sacrifices and prayers, peace has remained elusive and difficult to attain. Abuse of power, pride, greed, tyranny, one-man rule, injustice, arrogance, and unfairness are among the chief causes why there is no peace in many parts of the earth.
Christmas is a special time for loving and sharing the blessings we received with our family, friends and loved ones. Christmas is a time for forgiving and being forgiven. Jesus has taught us to love one another and to forgive one another. But forgiving is one of the hardest thing to do especially if the hurt caused very deep wounds that need more time to heal.
We can make forgiving a bit easier by keeping in mind that the past is done. We can learn some lessons, reap the benefits from our experience and avoid making the same mistake in the future. But no matter what we do, nothing could be done to change what had been or to bring back what is gone. It is time to turn a page to a new chapter in our life. We should focus not on the closed door, but on new opportunities offered by the open door.
We cannot love and hate at the same time. That is why it makes a lot of sense to let go of the pain and hurt and to take the first step towards forgiving and loving those who matter most to us.
Let us bring to an end the cycle of vengeance and vindictiveness that will eventually destroy all of us. Let us get on the road and begin our journey to the path of love, peace and reconciliation.