[This Kwanzaa I have incorporated the profession of my Christian faith with the celebration of my heritage and community. Kwanzaa, by nature, is not tied to any one faith, but as the parallels between the Seven Principles and many Christian teachings are strong, I try to recognize both in my personal observance. I hope that no matter what your beliefs are regarding theism or religion, you will read on and take away a positive lesson from it to apply to your own life’s journey.]
HAPPY KWANZAA, everyone!
Day 3, December 28 – UJIMA (collective work and responsibility)
To build and maintain our community together and make our sisters’ and brothers; problems our problems and to solve them together.
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore.
- Do you see a need around you that you have ignored?
- Don’t just STAND THERE!
- What would Jesus do?
We are the Lord’s hands and feet to perform His Will on Earth! We are called to restore! We must cease from ears that do not hear and eyes that do not see! We have a responsibility to do good and to have compassion. Thusly, we put on the image of Christ for our communities.
Lord, help me be my brother or sister’s keeper! Help me to love the loveable!* Allow your unconditional love to flow to those I see in need! Lord, give me the courage not to look the other way! Give me the boldness to exhibit compassion and to care, thus making the difference! In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
*Though the author says “love the loveable,” we should extend ourselves to love the unloveable as well. Jesus came to earth in human form, lived among us and died on the cross to save us. ALL of us. Not just the people he liked or picked and chose. Matthew 25:40 states “when you did [for] the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” Where would WE be if Jesus had a VIP list for those deserving of His love and help? Not something I wish to consider.
(Affirmations and devotions courtesy of the book Kwanzaa for Christ, by C. D. Holmes-Miller)
As always, you can revisit any other Kwanzaa posts on the Kwanzaa page of this blog!