Last year was described as an “amalgam of pain and joy that changed me and my family.” I provided evidence for this statement by sharing 5 memories, 3 observations, 2 quotes, and 2 playlists.
In 2016, we saw the death of celebrities loved and hated, the world grew in confusion and kindness, and here in the United States, our divisions continued their spintering spree with the election of Donald Trump as our Commander in Chief. Many have used their words and social media accounts to decry this year as one of the worst ever. While there is an ounce of merit to that claim, there was still good that took place. Sadly, our world drowns out the good instead of promoting it. However, even on cloudy days, the sun will continue to shine.
Instead of reminiscing and rehashing what has been said or shared, here’s an optimistic look at the year known as 2016. Complete with 4 quotes, 4 pictures, 2 playlists, 1 summary, and 1 original poem.
Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.” -Henri Nouwen
“Adventures are all very well in their place, but there’s a lot to be said for regular meals and freedom from pain.” Neil Gaiman
“Never hide yourself! When you say something, don’t be in the shadow; let everyone see you! Be courageous enough not to use any mask nor fake names neither blocking people. Don’t forget that hiding among the bushes is the affair of the cowards! Let the Sun shines on your face and everyone see you. ” ― Lea R. Caguinguin
“Face it all head on, with complete transparency and unflinching honesty, without making excuses for yourself or God…trust God anyway.” Peter Enns
1. Cleanse Away Your Fears (2016 Songs) on Spotify.
2016 is coming to an end in less than 10 hours. Jobs were changed and we moved closer to family. We found out our family would grow to four. With the addition of family members, I also experienced loss with the passing of my grandmother. This was also the year I became closer to my in-laws, whose love and care for me and my family has been the greatest gift of all. Last year, I was reminded of the two of the greatest encouragements and commandments in all of scripture, “Fear Not.” This year, I am reminded of the steadfastness and renewal of love. The Apostle Paul was right when he said, “Now faith, hope, and love remain—these three things—and the greatest of these is love.” Patience participation in God’s timing is the cornerstone of faith, while our convictions and trust put together make hope. Love is what supports, guides, challenges, and comforts you in life’s valleys and mountains.
1 Original Poem
live with hope, not hate.
embrace resurrection, not regret.
look at others with love, not lust.
treat all with dignity, not disgust.
speak with vibrancy, not vile.
fill up with care, not carelessness.
listen with respect, not remorse.
leave room for doubt, not despair.
savor presence, not preference.
walk with purpose, not politics.
take up your cross, not comfort.
give out mercy, not malice.
(C) mpgl 2016