Today I read two articles, one from CT (Christianity Today) and the other from CT Women (Christianity Today Women), which I must share!
Forgiveness is difficult on any level, but I have never experienced anything as drastic as the forgiveness this author has faced. Amanda Martinez Beck wrote I’m Trying to Forgive Fidel Castro. She begins by reiterating the statements on Fidel Castro’s death made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Obama, and President-Elect Trump, and declared Trump the most truthful.
She states, “The gospel of Jesus Christ requires that I recognize the humanity in people whom I greatly dislike or am opposed to, people who hate me and wish me ill, even people who have directly wronged or harmed me and my family.”
The wrongs committed against me are nothing compared to the suffering Amanda’s family faced. Any forgiveness, large or small, is difficult. In my case, forgiveness literally dropped out of the sky. If you are having a difficult time forgiving someone in your life, read this article!
Amanda gives you the tools you need to be able to forgive.
The second article is near and dear to my heart. I am one of those people who will always believe in Santa. Believing in Santa is not a sin. It is a step to believing in God. Remember — The real Santa was a SAINT! Saint Nicholas.
Keri Wyatt Kent begins by stating, “Myths … are time-honored methods of communicating truth through story, and the Santa Claus myth is no exception.” She maintains teaching children about Santa does not conflict with raising our children to know Jesus. She thinks the Santa myth and the Nativity story have more in common than we admit. St. Nicholas lived the Christian values we hold dear and teach our children to emulate. When sometimes, we, in our exuberance to negate the Santa myth, inexplicably forget some values we should be honoring as Jesus followers.
The author maintains Santa is not the problem; it is the retail business which has stolen Christmas causing children to have a long list of wants for Santa to bring instead of one gift from Santa. She shows us that C.S. Lewis believed in fairy tales as a means of teaching. A child wrote to Lewis saying he thought he loved Aslan more than Jesus. Lewis responded that the boy loved Aslan for what he said and did, but it was actually Jesus who said and did those things. This is a must read!
This Christmas, let’s forgive the political leaders who have hurt us and revel in the generosity of Santa Claus.