[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 7, January 1 – IMANI (faith)
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
We become children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
For by grace are ye saved through faith;…it is the gift of God.
The Christian feast is the Communion Table or Eucharist. Christians at the great feast celebrate the Lord’s birth, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension. Until His imminent return!
(The Prayer of Faith and Salvation as adapted by the author)
Lord, by faith, please forgive me of my sins. I ask that you come into my life. I ask you to allow me the opportunity to start afresh…anew. I receive your gift of Eternal Life by FAITH! Today, I light the candle of Imani…please let your Light shine in my heart and save me even now! I accept you as my Lord and Personal Savior…NOW! I know You will not cast me out…but take me in…and I am saved NOW by faith! In Jesus Christ–the Son of God! I believe that He rose from the dead for me! Amen.
(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!