“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.
Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that? “
“Gotta take the time to search the mind.”
They’re the future of our time
Will they hold us to blame
For all the things we’ve turned away
I don’t like what I see now
I don’t like where we’re going
I don’t like it, no
You and I, we’re getting older now
You and I, who will show them
If we don’t show them how
I want to know is it true
Is there a house of hope for me and you
I want to know is it true
Is there a house of hope for me and you.
<House of Hope>
Song by Toni Childs
Ok. I admit. I am most likely using Christmas as an excuse to highlight two songs I have wanted to write about for a very long time. Two older songs with great messages … messages about vision & hope.
It is a fairly simple idea this idea we all need hope.
I tend to believe all of us understand a hopeless existence just isn’t worth living. Or maybe I could say that the moment people can’t see Hope, life becomes dangerously hollow.
I think all of us humans <schmucks too> instinctively know this so we spend at least some portions of our lives searching for hope.
However, sometimes we settle for something a little short of hope.
What do I mean?
With a legitimate desire to feel good about where we’re headed, we tend to mistake positive thinking for genuine hope.
And this year not only did it seem to be more difficult to think positively, but hope seems to be challenged by a world that may appear to be in flux to many people.
Even if it is not in flux, we do perceive it to be, so therefore the natural reflex is to, well, cocoon our hope.
What I mean by that is we begin to worry a little more on “I” than “we.”
We focus hope a little more on self rather than selfless.
This doesn’t mean we have suddenly become selfish or that we do not care about others, this is more simply ‘survival mode.’ In that I can’t care as much about others until I know that I have been cared for enough that I feel I am in an okay position & place.
I say that because Hope’s biggest challenge in the future is going to be from a larger world view. With everyone hunkering down avoiding the ‘crazy world’, the world may be put on strict Hope diet.
We will figure it out.
But for today, maybe just around this Christmas, ponder a world view of Hope.
Take the time to search the mind, “is there a house of hope for me and you?”
Because I believe that if you take a moment and touch it and feel it and sense it, when the future occasion should arise – when you are in a position to care – that world view Hope will touch the spark that resides within and the world Hope will light on fire.
Music is always a great reminder of things that matter and finding music to share hopeful messages is like putting a gift to music.
I could share Christmas music & songs, but instead I am going to share hopeful songs. These are two older songs that are nice to listen to and nice t learn the words to.
Here is my Christmas music gift for this year:
Song: House of Hope
House of Hope Live <she sounds exactly like she does in the recorded version>:
The second song is by Traci Spencer and called This House. The video is horribly early 90’s video making at its worst, but the message is so good you should ignore the video and listen to the words.
Song: This House
Well. There you go. Gotta take the time to search the mind … Is there a house of hope for me and you ?
There is always a house of hope for you & I.
Sometimes, and some days, you just have to look a little harder to see it.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.