The Matthew Fox daily meditation yesterday was on “The ‘New Normal and Kwanzaa” HERE. A wonderful aspect is that Kwanzaa began “as a response to the commercialism of Christmas” for African Americans.
Many of us are unfamiliar with the Kwanzaa (“first fruits” in Swahili) season ending on January 1. Like so many wonderful traditions, it allows celebrants to focus on heritage and relate experiences. Kwanzaa is not grounded in a specific faith community.
“While the first principle of Umoja brings us closer and harnesses our strength, the last principle, Imani, inspires us and sustains our togetherness. Let us have faith in ourselves, in our creator, in our mothers and fathers, in our grandmothers and grandfathers, in our elders, and in our future–knowing that we are more than keepers of our brothers and sisters, we are our brothers and sisters.”
~ The Black Candle, a 2008 documentary on Kwanzaa, narrated by the late Dr. Maya Angelou
May we all have faith in ourselves, the creator and those key others past, present and future….
- Learn more about Kwanzaa – the candles, the principles, the foods, etc.. Christian Playbook has some helpful links HERE
- Listen to Hope is Born Again (sorry the link from yesterday didn’t work!)
- Think about those gone before us who have helped establish a wonderful legacy of faith
Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!
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