It’s not the presents under the tree nor the shopping at the mall that make the holidays and Christmas joyful, it’s Love and Peace within us we seek.
More than the presents under the tree, love is the greatest gift. “For God so loved the world He gave His only begotton son”. John 3:16.
You’re happy that your children are healthy, joyful, talented, and smiling . Sometimes they may not be perfect but pure joy shines through it all.
The children are sometimes rascal, curious, yet when parents speak they listen and obey.
The family comes together to celebrate the holidays and Christmas, each heart yearning to hug one another, or missing each other from afar.
It’s a time to forgive and leave the past behind and to not look back.
Grandparents, parents, children, in-laws, and family laughing and remembering times they shared, some memories a challenge yet worthy of life’s mysterious journey.
Then came uncles, aunties, and loved ones gathering to share the holidays.
We love that special spirit that fills the cold winter air with a special warmth and fire.
The joy you give when you invite someone who is away from their family and needing of cheer.
And, importantly first children loving God, secondly children honoring their parents.
These gift are more than enough. It reminds me what my wife Amy Lou said, “Love is like a piggy bank, if you don’t deposit, there is nothing that will come back; unfortunately some children don’t want to come home for Christmas.” It’s never too late to start seeking the greatest gift, giving more love and your time this Christmas.
Parents love their children and want the best for them; our children become who we train them to be. The wise quote below by an unknown Cherokee Indian says many things to parenting of children and the future of our communities.
The Battle Inside of Us – A Quote by Cherokee Indian
One evening an elderly Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between 2 “wolves” inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
NA’ALEHU, Hawaii – It’s such a wonderful coincidence and feeling when you shared something about someone on social media that you never met, then accidentally meet the person. That’s what happened when I met Robert Beck and on a another separate occasion his sister Wanda Pasco-Gionson. Robert was so happy and proud to introduce me to his sister while shopping at Island Market in Na’alehu. I could see the joy and excitement in his heart.
Now, if Wanda is coming to Na’alehu to visit her brother Robert he tells me, “She coming, she’s coming”; she lives in Honolulu. Below is the article shared on this blog on August 1, 2010; they have a wonderful story to share. In the end it’s not the bling and money that makes you sing, its starts at home with your family.
HILO, Hawaii – We often joke that Hawaii is so small, chances are there’s someone you’re related to and don’t even know it. It turned out to be true for a Big Island man named Robert Beck.
The story of the 65 year old isn’t that unusual. He grew up in Ka’u, played football for his high school, enlisted in the military, got married and raised a family, but his whole life, he lived with a mystery he could never solve.