One of my favorite commercials of all time is a Pampers commercial. Its a simple concept; peacefully sleeping babies of different races, shown one by one while “Silent Night” is sung beautifully in the background. A one minute advertisement that embodies the true meaning of the holiday, the precious gift of life, and the peace we all long for…
That commercial speaks to the America I love as well. The America that I have always seen as a melting pot of people who have weathered storms together, leaned on faith to heal, and trudged on; the America that at its core, even through hard times, recognized the beauty and God given rights of humanity. I see those beautiful sleeping babies and I can’t help but recognize the truth of how very lucky each and every one of us is to be in a country where a newborn is allowed to sleep peacefully in their crib. Give that thought for one moment… Thought to the many infants born into poverty stricken countries, countries controlled by brutal dictators, countries where a baby girl will inevitably have no rights beyond being a slave to society.
This Christmas, with the reminder from this moving commercial, I speak to that theme. America is not perfect, no country is without its failings. But America has been successful in many more ways than it has not, and America has learned from history, which is why its important to keep the truth of history alive. The fact that we have the right to speak of discontentment or voice a protest, is evidence enough that you and I are so blessed to make our home here versus countless other countries across this planet.
Here, we are free to speak our minds and encouraged to question; perhaps in spite of this, we’ve lost the ability to listen to one another. Some have even slipped beyond discontentment, and into the deep abyss of bitterness, where nothing penetrates. As a society, we need to fix what has become broken. We need to bottle our resentment, harness our anger and dig deep to overcome feelings of despair in trying times. We are not alone here. We need to shut down the airways and get out and talk to each other face to face; be openminded and listen. Contrary to much you see on TV, you’ll hear that collectively we all champion a fight for humanity, freedom, peace and prosperity. We may not agree on how to achieve these goals or where every piece of the puzzle fits, but in this country we can agree to disagree and then we can move on together. That’s something you cannot do in many other countries. That has always been America’s strength.
Whether born here or brought here to freedom, our possibilities are endless because God did bless America and He blessed us as well. Know that there is not one of us here without a painful story to tell… don’t allow your story to turn you away from all that we have been blessed enough to inherit as Americans. If we all let go of some of the anger and resentment that has been palatable as of late, then maybe as adults we too can “sleep in heavenly peace.”
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All